All posts tagged: Ferguson

Why Don’t My White Friends Talk About Race? Here’s What They Told Me

My anger was palpable long before the announcement by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri. I was already antsy. Wanting to fight. Craving some sort of confrontation, as I often do when life doesn’t hand me lemons, but lobs them at my head. When I learned a decision was made, I was ready. I wanted to go in and tell people what I really thought of them and, most importantly, their silence. I am a feisty person and when I hurt, I use my words not for good but for bad. This pain was amplified by knowing full well that Darren Wilson wouldn’t be indicted. A feeling that many of us had sitting at the bottom of our guts like a heavy meal. I wanted my friends, my largely white, female following, to get angry, to say something and to feel that hurt. So, as a writer, I used my words. I put out 140 characters that explained exactly how I felt: I would love to see those social justice/social good folks to at least …

Margit’s Note: Hey, Thanks

  It’s a rough day to try and be thankful. But there is something almost apropos that the Ferguson decision happened only a few days before Thanksgiving. Daring us to find our better angels. Find the commonality, find the hugs, find the conversation that needs to happen. For me, there’s a lot to be thankful for: health; family; a roof; the Metrocard that gets me where I need to go. a hot coffee in the morning; a book that changes my mind. And as TueNight, we’re most thankful for the community of diverse voices that share their brave, hilarious, surprising and insightful voices with us every week. You are everything. This Week: Heather Barmore asks why you’re being so quiet about Ferguson Laurie White writes her thank you notes Kathleen Warner realizes cancer was a catalyst for change Julie Parr is grateful for a community of drug-users Amy Barr finds friendship in her own family Our contributors share the weird things they’re thankful for…. And I talk to an angel (investor), Susan McPherson And a Few Ways We Can …

Two Friends — One Black, One White — Talk About Ferguson

We break from our regularly scheduled “Camp” theme for this special piece. Given the recent, horrific, bizarre and revealing events in Ferguson Missouri, we asked two of our regular TueNight contributors, both close friends — Heather Barmore and Stacy Morrison — to have a brief online chat. We asked them to talk about Ferguson from their own perspectives, black and white respectively. Here’s what transpired:   Let’s do this thing. So, Ferguson.  Yes. As I typed that my stomach turned over. It’s so upsetting. It is, and yet it’s good to see this community finally feel empowered to do something. I agree on that. And to see that complicated and complex conversations starting to happen. People who I don’t normally discuss race are outraged and saying something. But conversations also don’t even feel like enough. I really wanted to get on a plane on Monday. I emailed churches. I reached out to community organizers. I wanted to see A THOUSAND WHITE PEOPLE down there in a line facing the (white) police. I still do. On the one …