The Trees by Percival Everett

Can you see the wood for them? The lovely Notts TV Book Club invited me to read The Trees by Percival Everett. All I knew about this book before I opened it, was that it was connected to racist lynching in Mississippi in the “The Trees” in the 50s. With such an evocative title, andContinue reading “The Trees by Percival Everett”

The power of privilege

The Winter holidays have been a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, and with great friends come great chats. Conversations always inspire me, and when I was nattering with someone about some training they’d received on the subject of privilege, it made me want to tap out some thoughts on it. What is it?Continue reading “The power of privilege”

Adultification – More than a Child can Handle

I’ve been building up to this post for a while. The Child Q case was one of those instances that really shook me. Anti-racist work is hard. There are particular instances that knock you for six. And this was one of those times. But, this work is bigger than me. And this case has openedContinue reading “Adultification – More than a Child can Handle”

Covid Questions

Wow! I haven’t wrottien since 26th August. That’s the longest I’ve gone without talking to you guys since I started Oo! That’s A Bit Racey! just over a year ago. Covid hit me quite hard at the start of September. While I was lucky, I didn’t have horendous symptoms, it did knock me for six,Continue reading “Covid Questions”

See It to Be It

To celebrate the first female, mixed heritage, Asian, African Caribbean vice President of the United States being officially in post (three cheers for Kamala Harris!), today‚Äôs blog has to be about representation. Knowing that my daughter will watch the news and see a little of herself in the Vice President of the United States isContinue reading “See It to Be It”

A Focus on Optical Allyship

I saw a thought provoking Instagram post this week asking “what have you done since you posted your black square?” It was a powerful post, and one that halted my thumb from simply double tapping and scrolling past. What are we doing, and continuing to do, to support anti-racism? And more importantly, how real areContinue reading “A Focus on Optical Allyship”

Save me! Save me! (Said no one, ever.)

“Me and White Supremacy” has been without doubt the most important book and I’ve read this year. It’s helped me make sense of how we’ve got to where we are in the world. Importantly for me, it’s put a name to experiences and conditions that people of colour find themselves in every day. The simpleContinue reading “Save me! Save me! (Said no one, ever.)”