September 1, 2020

How does the conversation of racial discrimination begin between parents and children? In our home it began when I heard my oldest daughter say the phase “Team Dark Skin.”

I have 4 beautiful daughters — all of which are smart, loving, caring and different shades of brow...

September 27, 2018

Editor's note: I wrote the beginning of this article for the blog a year ago. Due to scheduling, I never posted it. Since then, it's been sitting in a scrap pile of words that I call "My Vent Box." Sadly, with the death of Botham Jean, this is relevant again.

We all kno...

August 30, 2018

The beginnings of musical theatre were rife with exploiting minority races and cultures for the sake of entertainment. Variety shows and Vaudeville ensemble productions contained racially offensive and stereotypical characters, songs, and dialogue. Minority actors and...

April 11, 2018

© 2018 by Leila Martinez

My name precedes me everywhere I go and

I am assumed

and categorized

before I walk through the door.

I am brown skin, blue black hair and dark brown eyes.

I am suspicion.

This is what it means to be brown

in small-town America.

I am spoken to slowly.

I a...

April 5, 2018

© 2018 by Lisa Lloyd

Forgive me.
Forgive my arrogance.
Forgive my statements of ignorance.
Forgive my unspoken, but definitive thoughts of superiority.
Since I, for so long, saw you as the minority.
I grew up in a white-filled town,
People of color were almost nowhere t...

December 6, 2017

Even after 25 years as a nurse, it's so hard working that 7 to 7 shift at a county hospital. I take great pride in my job and I work hard. People don’t realize the physical toll it can take on your body.

That particular morning I ached all over from wrestling "Mr. Johns...

September 20, 2017

Growing up as the “Token Asian,” I never stopped to consider the jokes at my expense. Slant-eyes, always smelling like fish, Pacific Islander-whatever-you’re-all-the-same comments would fly above me and hover in a circle just above my head from the time I moved to a sm...

August 30, 2017

The main reason I started The Echoes Blog was because I wanted us to share stories that might give us insight to how supremacy, prejudice, ignorance, untruths, and the dangers of inequality and disproportionate power run through the veins of our society and infect our...

April 26, 2017

Posted on 07/12/2016

It was a swipe right, a short convo, a debate over the best Old Fashions and Black Russians, and a meeting downtown with every intention to be out of our minds then her polka dot panties and my Superman boxer briefs long before the bars closed. This...

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