We are women, black women, beautiful women, women of God

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Who are we?

We are women, black women, beautiful women, women of God.

In our eyes you will see wisdom and determination.

From our lips you will hear kindness and truth.

In our minds reside intellect and wit.

Within our arms you will feel tenderness and strength.

Our hearts are filled with love, peace, and joy.

Our souls are imbued with faith, honor, and integrity.

From our essence radiates the light and righteousness of God.

We are wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends.

We are women of purpose, commissioned by God and destined for greatness.

We are Harriet Tubman, Ida…

Congress could have—and should have—used this moment as an opportunity to redeem America from its past sins

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Protesters holding a banner reading TRUMP IS GUILTY. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Senate vote

On February 13, the U.S. Senate voted 57–43 to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the terrifying and violent attack on the Capitol that occurred on January 6. Although 57 votes were “guilty,” and 43 votes were “not guilty,” a total of 67 votes, or a two-thirds majority, was required to convict. This means that 10 additional GOP senators would have had to cross party lines and vote “guilty.” This, we know, was not going to happen.

This could have been the first step toward healing the racial divide that exists within this country.

According to MSN, President Joe…

To All Black Men, From One Black Woman’s Heart to Yours

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Rise beautiful black man!

Rise above the dreadful circumstances that society has thrust upon you.

Rise above the intolerance of others who are intimidated by your determination.

Rise above the institutionalized racism that makes you feel that you are less than you are.

Rise above the discrimination that continuously attempts to hold you back.

Rise above the narrow-minded mentalities that tell you that you will never succeed.

Rise above the injustice that relentlessly targets you as if you are a danger to society.

Rise above the indoctrination of the authorities that incessantly try to imprison you.

Rise above the disparaging…

I refuse to assimilate to white standards for what is acceptable for Black women’s hair

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L.A. Justice in 2018 and 2021 (use of photo is strictly prohibited)

Singer/Songwriter India Arie has a song entitled “I Am Not My Hair” in which she recalls her hair journey growing up, from the press & curl, the Jheri curl, a relaxer, and then natural. She then says that it wasn’t until she cut off her dreadlocks that she realized, “I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am not your expectations, no. I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.”

Later in the song, India comments on societal standards for Black hair (especially Black women’s hair) by making…

The arc of the moral universe may be long, but the time for justice is now!

President Biden fist bumping Vice President Harris.
President Biden fist bumping Vice President Harris.
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There is no doubt that President Biden and Vice President Harris are doing an outstanding job so far in their new roles as the leaders of this nation. In his short time in office, according to the Federal Register, President Biden has signed 29 executive orders at the time of this writing. These orders cover the climate crisis, the Covid crisis, the privatization of prisons, immigration, LGBTQI+ anti-discrimination, racial equity, and more.

While we know that Biden and Harris have just begun, we must keep the pressure on them to ensure that they continue to act on behalf of the…

It would certainly be nice to be one of those writers who makes thousands of dollars, and has thousands of followers, and gets thousands of views, reads, and hand claps on every story. But this is not what motivates me.

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My humble beginnings on Medium

I published my first article on Medium on November 12, 2020. It was approximately three months after I joined because my initial intent was only to read other people’s writing. I had been contemplating using Medium’s platform for my writing, but I was still a little skeptical about whether I would really be able to earn money.

However, after a friend published her first article on Medium that got picked up by Medium’s publication Elemental, I thought more about it. Although she did not join the partner program, and therefore did not make any money with her story, she did…

The modern-day lynching of black bodies is still being carried out by the same racist system that has oppressed us since Jamestown, Virginia in 1619

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It began with slave patrols

The policing of black bodies in America has extremely disturbing historical roots that are steeped in racism, classism, and misogyny, and continuously targets people of African descent, especially those from the poorest of neighborhoods. It began with the slave patrols in the 1700s in South Carolina, which were the enforcement arms of the slave codes, the laws that regulated slave life.¹

The slave codes were the predecessors to the black codes

The slave codes then led to the black codes, which began after the Reconstruction era, and were “a legal way to put black citizens into indentured servitude, to take voting rights away, to control where they lived and how…

How is the phrase “healing the country” going to be any different than “make America great again?”

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“Unity Over Division”. A young Black child holds a political support sign in favor of the Biden/Harris win on the 2020 Presidential Election. Washington D.C., on Black Lives Matter Plaza. | 7 Nov 2020 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

There have been many calls for healing the nation since the brutal domestic terrorist attack on Capitol Hill that was incited by Trump and carried out by his Manson-like followers, some of whom had weapons and pipe bombs, some who may have intended to kidnap lawmakers, and others who actually left feces and urine in hallways and offices. Healing the country is EXACTLY what is needed. However, while most of us agree that it is needed, we must first recognize that it means vastly different things to different people.

How is the phrase “healing the country” going to be any…

These last four years in this country, which culminated in Wednesday’s cataclysmic events, have been about nothing more than America’s desperate attempt to preserve white supremacy and racism, while continuing to diminish the humanity of black people

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The storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by right-wing Trump supporters proved one thing — America is who America has always been, and most likely will continue to be. Recent events may be a new means by which extremist groups have chosen to implement their violence and privilege, but the fact remains that America has always been a violent, racist, white supremacist country, and this act was nothing more than domestic terrorism and white privilege at their finest.

Our founding documents, patriotic songs, and pledges make bold proclamations as to what this country stands for and what our…

White people cannot help but view racial justice issues through the lens of the oppressor, because that is where their social location exists

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Last week I published an article on Medium entitled “Intersectionality Between Black and White Women’s Struggles Does Not Exist” where I discuss the reasons why the struggles that white women have endured due to sexism and misogyny do not exist in the same space as the historical racist oppression that black women have endured due to the intersectionality of race, class, sexuality, and gender, in addition to sexism and misogyny.

The motive behind me writing the article is that when I explained this to the history professor who tried to make the argument that our struggles were an intersectional matter…

L.A. Justice

Theologian | Author | Activist | Educator | Previously a Biochemist | Member of #WEOC | A Top Writer in Racism and BlackLivesMatter

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