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Writers and Editors of Color Newsletter #1

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Graphic Created by the Author Allison Gaines via Canva

Welcome to Writers and Editors of Color. We are excited and honored to announce the start of our new Medium publication. Currently, we are accepting new writers. We’d like to thank all of our members who have made this moment possible. Tee, Conscious Creative and I started this collective with one clear mission — to amplify voices that are normally drowned out.

One month in and our group has already become an international sensation — just kidding. While WEOC has members from various countries around the world, we are only at the beginning of our journey. I look forward to…


Addressing the Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot backlash

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Photo: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

No one can deny that Megan Thee Stallion is a hardworking artist. She continued to release content throughout the pandemic, and this past summer, she stirred the pot by co-releasing “WAP” with Cardi B; their record went platinum. With her beautiful curvy body and bold lyrics, the Houstonian rapper is a clear showstopper.

Fans can easily find photographs of the self-proclaimed “hot ebony” on social media and in any major search engine. Yet not everyone loves her newest photos. Her latest photo shoot in Harper’s Bazaar has some of her fans fuming. They insisted that Collier Schorr’s images missed the…


Haiku

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Photo Credit | The author Allison Gaines created and owns this photo | made via Canva

Black Women Matter

their feelings are valid too

makes space for anger

Society puts unrealistic expectations onto Black women, namely that they must act accordingly or get slapped with the angry Black woman trope. While some view this stereotype as a harmless generalization, diminishing Black women’s feelings is no laughing matter. The harm caused by racist tropes are two fold — they dehumanize the marginalized group while simultaneously trying to control them. The angry Black woman trope aims to characterize Black women as over-the-top, out of control, and monstrous.

In the aftermath of slavery and the resulting social, economic, and…


Cherry-picking King’s quotes tells half the story. It’s time to highlight the entirety of his remarkable legacy.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. Photo: Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images

This year, Americans should take an extra moment to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s compelling message. He delivered speeches that inspired people from all walks of life. His campaign challenged the status quo. King wanted America to become a country that judges people on their character as opposed to skin color. However, some people interpret his campaign in different ways. It matters what Americans tell themselves about King because his rhetoric provides a framework for ongoing discussions about civil rights.

King rejected the theory of American exceptionalism and instead embraced American potential. The change did not come easy during…


Amanda Gorman sees America’s potential

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American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Donned in her sharp yellow blazer, Amanda Gorman delivered verses befitting this historical moment. She looked ahead, addressing a socially distanced crowd. In her poem, The Hill We Climb, she painted a picture of American democracy as bruised but still standing. Gorman’s poem addressed the need for reconciliation because of those who threatened democracy. She finished writing the inaugural poem while watching scenes from the dreadful insurrection unfold in Washington DC.

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But…


Haiku

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Photo Owned by Allison Gaines made via Canva

Not all white people

They cry time and time again

They have white privilege

Many white people hate hearing the phrase “all white people.” They seem to think that labeling all of them as anything is fundamentally wrong, and worse off — racist. However, when we unpack their invisible knapsack we see that their lived experiences are shaped by whiteness. Not every white person holds overtly racist beliefs. Nevertheless, all white people benefit from white privilege. The benefits they receive derive from their ancestors’ oppressive system.

Some white people think that they had to own slaves or have their forefathers…


Join us this Sunday and meet an amazing writer and editor

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Photo Credit | Allison Gaines created and owns this photo | made via Canva

Join us for our weekly Writers and Editors of Color meeting at 12 PM EST. on the Clubhouse App. We have a special guest who you should get to know — Hal H. Harris. He will discuss his experiences as a writer and an editor of Established in 1865. I look forward to hearing what he has to say.

During our meeting, we will share some tips and tricks on how to become a successful writer throughout the Medium universe and beyond. And as usual, we will open the floor for comments, questions, and ideas from WEOC members. For now…


Exploring a grammatical controversy

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Photo Credit | The author Allison Gaines | made via Canva

White people don’t just take issue with my tone and tenor as a Black writer. They clinch their pearls when they read my work because I rarely capitalize the “w” in white. It wasn’t some nefarious plot either — it came to me quite naturally. I just feel that it gives credence to a racial group that is both omnipresent and nonexistent. Let’s break it down.

Black people come in all shapes, sizes, and from different origin countries. But right now, I’m talking about Black people from America. And the reason why I’m using this level of specificity is that…


Exploring the myth of white intellectual superiority

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Photo Credit | The author Allison Gaines created and owns this photo | made via Canva

Racism is pervasive. It is in the systems, structures, rules, languages, expectations, and guidelines that make up our classes, school, and society.(Gullo, 2017)

In America, white people have a problematic history of grammar policing. This is because they force-fed the English language into Black and Indigenous people through violent, oppressive means. Black Americans using English is a testament to white colonists’ cruelty. They forced them to abandon their original African dialects. White people's grammar policing Black people is fundamentally racist, mainly because this dynamic assumes white intellectual superiority. This practice is more than tone-deaf; it’s dehumanizing.

It all started with…

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