I was pretty much used up by the time the Voices of the Year part of the program came on, but A'Driane Nieves' essay, as she read it, rendered me speechless. Now you can hear and watch her too. Important today.
Blogger, A'Driane Nieves, of Butterfly Confessions, reads her powerful piece, "America's Not Here for Us" at the BlogHer '14 Voices of the Year Community Keynote. Find more of her writing on her blog: http://butterfly-confessions.com/.
But as a woman of color raising an African-American son who has a Puerto-Rican stepfather and half-Puerto-Rican brother, I (and my husband) also bear the responsibility of teaching him about things like racism, white privilege, equality, how black and other brown men have been and still are perceived in American society, and really just about being a person of color PERIOD in the United States of America. I have to explain to him why "peach" people think he looks suspicious even though he might be doing the same exact thing they are doing-walking through a neighborhood, shopping in a store, hanging out with a group of his friends, wearing his favorite hoodie.