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

Photo by Freddy Kearney on Unsplash

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.

Image: Westend61/Getty Images

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…

POLITICS + RACISM

McConnell doesn't think so. A Freudian slip exposed the GOP's perspective on Black voters. Let's unpack this.

A seated black soldier, frock coat, gloves | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

Black men and women built America from the ground up. There was never a time when America existed without Black people. "Africans were brought to the Americas' specifically for their labor,' and their descendants remain 'the most exploited and unequal component of the emerging modern capitalist labor force.' Black people…

POLITICS + RACISM

Confronting Ron DeSantis' push to pass the Individual Freedom Act in Florida

Black Men Weighing Cotton 1905 | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

America is in a battle with itself, and the rest of the world is watching to see what values bubble up to the surface. Will we be a country where children's education is limited by white fragility or embrace a multiracial lens? In other words, can we only read books…

POLITICS + RACE

Let's make sure we focus on the source of contention

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin 9.30.21 in Washington, D.C.

The tragedy is that we have a congress with a senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. They won’t let the majority of senators vote and certainly, they wouldn't want the majority of people to…

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…

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