Days 42 – 48: First Thanksgiving/Meet the Family Pt. 2

November 24 – 30, 2014:  The drive to Virginia Beach was excruciatingly long. Fifteen hours in a full car where my dad essentially insisted on driving the entire time. I like car trips, but this one wasn’t all that interesting visually. On top of it, Efrem and I were trying to fill out paperwork needed for…

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Day 12: Meet the Parents

October 25, 2014 Throughout our two years of dating and these last 10 months of paperwork to obtain the fiancé visa, my parents still had never met Efrem. Sure there was kind of a phone call here, and a skype conversation, there, but Efrem had never come to the US and my parents had never…

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Meet the Parents; or My Unexpected Language Immersion Trip

This is my third time visiting South Africa and this time I wanted to see the other side of the country; see Johannesburg. We could’ve flown, but I like road trips, so we packed up the car and made the 15 hour drive. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help Efrem drive because I can’t drive a manual…

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Black Woman Jailed for Sending Kids to Wrong (White) School District

I’m so disgusted. I understand where the legality fell through and that technically this falls under fraud. But this says something about our educational system. The woman just wanted her kids to go to a decent school, whereas many aren’t even finishing, and now you want to send her to jail, send the father to jail, tell the kids they have to go back to some shitty school district and not have the same educational opportunity, AND because the mom is charged with a felony, her dream of being a teacher will NEVER happen because of the laws in Ohio preventing felons from teaching. Absolutely disgusting!!!!!!!!

Instead of making her an example maybe they need to be looking at the educational disparities that would make someone go to those lengths—but then again, the powers that be will always deflect the reality by masking it in bullshit legalities (which are inherently created to maintain disparities) and never speak TRUTH. They don’t want every kid to have equal access to GOOD education, because then we might have more equal access to opportunities, and then white power and privilege may be taken down a notch (although not eliminated), and then—as is so popularly said as of recent—our “American values” (read: WHITE American values) would be threatened by some perceived socialism/communism (read: a society not based in institutional racism/-isms) and then were would we be?
Black Woman Jailed for Sending Kids to Wrong (White) School District