Allison Gaines
Womanist who ♥︎s words bylines @ Zora, Level, Momentum — EIC of Cultured, AfroSapiophile, CoFounder of #WEOC allisonthedailywriter.com ☕️ ko-fi.com/allyfromnola

RACISM + POLITICS

If you don't support civil rights, it's time to keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s name out of your mouth

Birmingham police take Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Ralph Abernathy in for questioning (1962) | via Smithsonian

Ever since the federal government declared January 17th a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., many White people have misquoted his words, twisting them into a colorblind fantasy that goes against the very spirit of his life's work. …

RACISM + EDUCATION

A deep dive into censorship motives throughout history and right now

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First, before we get into motivations for book burning and censorship, let me first say that burning books in 2021 is one of the silliest aberrations of conservative think tanks. It's not like back in the day where words only lived on delicate pages caged within a hard body. We…

To communicate effectively, you have to control your tone. Here’s how to do that.

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A couple of months ago, I read a story about blackface. Initially, I felt relieved that someone was bringing attention to this issue.

Then, sentence after sentence, I realized my initial assumptions, based on the title, fell short. To my surprise, this article supported blackface. As a Black writer, I…

RACISM + CINEMA

Seeing a Black version of a White classic series has some folks flustered. Let's unpack this.

Photo Credit | Laura Kariuki, Elisha Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, and Dule Hill star as the Williams family via ABC

White folks are used to seeing themselves on TV. Let's face it. Back in 1988, when the original Wonder Years series aired, mainstream American television focused on telling the same coming-of-age story. Boy meets girl — scratch that — White boy meets girl was the premise of dozens of series…

BLACK HISTORY MATTERS

Racism was just the tip of the iceberg. Let's unpack this

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd in Roxbury on April 22, 1965, | Photo Credit | Associated Press

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s name has become synonymous with the fight for civil rights in America. Yet, while King spent much of his life fighting against racial segregation and discrimination, many Americans do not realize that his views on race were just the tip of the iceberg. In one…

RACISM + POLITICS

Knowing about the problem should be the first step, not the last.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "48.5 percent were victims of crimes motivated by offenders' anti-Black or African American bias." To put those digits into perspective, 4.4 percent were due to anti-Asian hate, and 3.5 percent were due to that individual's mixed race — the majority of hate crimes…

HISTORY + RACISM

Jefferson owned 600 slaves. But, our history books usually tell his side of the story

Lucy, ca.1845. Daguerreotype | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

Like many of our founding fathers, President Thomas Jefferson lived as a hypocrite. We can be polite and say his perspective was inconsistent or contrarian, but perhaps that's the problem with American history classes in the first place. White historians often treat the cruel as kind and the kind as…

MONEY + RACISM

We have a Black feminist poet on one side and a slave-owning president on the other. Let's unpack this

Maya Angelou before a performance at the Village Vanguard in NYC | Photo Credit | Art.com.

As a Black woman, I know I'm supposed to feel overjoyed that Maya Angelou became the first Black woman to be honored on a U.S. quarter. And, of course, I am. But, there's still the other side of the coin to consider — slave-owning George Washington. American irony will be…

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