About the Author
I had a bunch of stuff I was going to say, but it got erased so I'll keep it short and sweet.
I'm a 50-year-old Southern African-American woman living in Florida. I have two sons, four grandkids and I talk about race all the time. I talk about it so much because it impacts me so much. It's a part of my life so I share what I learn. I share because I want America to be better. I share because I want to feel better. I share because there are so many Black people living in this country unable to share their racialized experiences.
I speak for people who don't have voices. I teach for the same reasons.
Racism doesn't feel good, so I don't talk about it to make readers/followers feel good.
I'm not nice when I talk about racism because I've accumulated years of scars living in this racist nation daily online, at work, and anyplace racism is allowed to live and thrive. What I discuss here are my lived experiences analyzed through the lenses of a Black woman in America. My parents were born into Jim Crow, and my grandparents and great grandparents experienced sharecropping, Black Codes, and Jim Crow too. We've had a long time to learn what America is and what America is not. I teach my readers how to see America more critically.
I come from a long line of Black people fighting against racism. I believe it's my duty to continue fighting for the next generation. If we don't fight White Supremacy, it will take over, making life miserable for everyone. Racism doesn't feel good, so I don't talk about it to make readers/followers feel good.
While I don't profess to be an expert in antiracism, I do profess to know White people. I believe I, like most Black people in America, know White people better than they know themselves. I talk about what I know. I write to teach White people wanting to understand antiracism better so they can understand how White Supremacy works, how they perpetuate racism in their daily lives, and ways they can do better. There is always room to do better.
With that said, welcome to my new home. I still write on Medium from time to time, but I won't be posting there much anymore because their revenue sharing model has been unfair to Black writers and the algorithms suppressed the writing of certain authors/subjects. Suppressing Black voices during Black History Month was the straw that broke the camel's back for me. It was time to move on.
So, I'm here.
While I will publish some of my thoughts for free, most will be placed behind a paywall. I hope that readers will find value in my thoughts and become a member to access all of my essays. If you can't, I understand. I love Ko-fi too.
Be well, wear your masks, and welcome to Marleyisms, Marley K's new home for antiracism education.