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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

Ain’t Gonna F*ck Around No More

Gender, Grace, Race, Sexual Assault No Comment

Fair Warning on language and on the habit of chaning song lyrics. And just about everything else–if you aren’t offended by parts of or the entirety of this post, I’ll feel I have missed the mark. You have been warned. This morning, the tune of a song was rattling around in my head. But the words […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

7. No Pretty Words Today

100 days of poetry, Poetry, Race No Comment

I tried. I sat in a waiting room looking at two beautiful babies and wrote a bad poem but in the back of my mind all I could think was and what if they weren’t pale? Would their grandmother be able to protect them from the protectors like she does from that door that opens […]

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Tina L Porter

Let’s fix this

Grace, Race No Comment

I put an old poem on my blog because I needed to put something up, but it wasn’t what I needed to say. I needed to say, Come on, world, don’t let me down–don’t let each other down. I wanted to say if it is truly a Christian nation that you want, America, make it […]

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Tina L Porter

Fear at the Table

Grace, Poetry, Race No Comment
Fear at the Table

We gave Fear the place at the head of the table and then wondered why everyone got so mad and started buying guns and decided the world was going to hell We forgot to look at the whole table who else sat there staring into the napkins resting on their laps afraid to make eye […]

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Tina L Porter

Welcoming the Zombie Apocalypse

Poetry, Race No Comment

Pouring my coffee looking out over the empty church lot in my back yard I found myself thinking that perhaps it IS time for a Zombie Apocalypse. Hear me out. I would see them coming across that yard clear on their intent to eat my brains and turn me into one of them. Better that […]

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Tina L Porter

Race, Policing, and Small Town America, 2015

Ferguson, Grace, Race 2 Comments
Race, Policing, and Small Town America, 2015

What a lost opportunity to talk about race in small town America. Because as much as the officers do not want to be labelled racist (rightly, so–none of us does), their behavior in defense of the officer and in condemnation of the young man arrested is endemic of the deep well of racism from which this nation drinks.

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Tina L Porter

Whitewashing

Ferguson, Grace, Justice, Race 6 Comments

Yesterday, I saw a meme go by in my newsfeed that compared the noise being made about a black criminal (the meme’s words, not mine) and a black man kills two white people on-air and nothing happens. A white friend posted it. They got several likes. I thought to comment, but didn’t. Walked away and did the work required of me that day. But the meme stayed with me. My feelings of dissatisfaction about walking away nagged at me all day and all night. So, here it is, again and again and again, until it doesn’t need to be said anymore:

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Tina L Porter

What’s holding me back, #blacklivesmatter

Ferguson, Race No Comment

It is the very smallest thing I can do, remind you that the world you and I live in, dear white friends and family, is not the same world that Keesha and so many other loving mothers live in, including the mother of Sandra Bland.

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