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The Unifying Power of Tacos

Today is Labor Day in the United States. It’s a day when we honor the labor movement and the contributions of the worker. It’s also a day that is considered the “official” end of summer – or at least the summer BBQ season. But today, I’m not going to talk about ribs, tips, burgers, hot links, chicken, coleslaw, corn and potato salad (hungry yet??). Today, I’m going to talk about tacos. Last week, the co-founder of Latinos for Trump warned that, if Trump loses the election, the consequence will be seeing taco trucks on every corner. Now, I don’t have Read More

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Writing the Truth of Racial Justice from My White Skin

Today’s post is from a fellow Redbud, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. She is a writer, editor, researcher, and farmer, whose books include The Slaves Have Names and Steele Secrets. She blogs regularly at ourfolkstales.com and andilit.com. — By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. – Hebrews 11:24-25 I read these verses just this morning and felt the zing of truth, of conviction, of calling whip through me.  The question I am sitting with these days is how do I Read More

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Don’t Trust Your Gut

Growing up as a black girl in the United States, I was “taught” a lot of things about people from Africa. The content of the lesson depended on the source. Overall, the understanding that I operated under was this: Africans did not like black people born and raised in the United States because we were not “pure” Africans. Not only did they dislike us, they looked down on us. Because of the way that Chicago is segregated (that’s a whole other blog post!), I never had the chance to prove or disprove this theory. I recently published a piece about Read More