Letting Go of “I’ll Show You!”

Being an overachiever often means an inescapable feeling of inadequacy. Couple that with being a Black woman in the US, and you’ve got a recipe for pathologically setting unrealistically high expectations followed by harsh self-criticism when you inevitably don’t meet those expectations. As a kid, being an overachiever usually meant reaching a predetermined goal that…

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Liberation Medicine

Okay, I haven’t posted in a MINUTE! But between a really poor internet connection in the house that I’m residing in Cape Town and (finally) becoming more busy in my daily activities, I just haven’t found the time to sit down and write a post. A couple of weeks ago I started doing the background…

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Inga Musico on Racism

While millions of white folks are committed to—if not chomping at the bit for—a “post-racism” time, few seem willing to see our own racism, how it operates inside our hearts and the difficult work that is required in order to uproot it. I know there are many kinds of racism and hatreds, and whites are not the only folks who choose to engage with the world in this way. However, and this is a big however, white folks, whether consciously or not, inherit a life in the dominant culture and if that is not reckoned with, white racism will continue as if has for the past 500 years in the Americas.

Inga Musico, essay, ‘Til the White Day is Done