My Mom Was My White Ally Long Before It Was Popular

Like so many black people, I have been overcome by waves of emotion over the past several months. I have watched the corona virus decimate my community and now the long simmering virus of racism is making me sick. The country is convulsing and so is my heart.

As a bi-racial woman, I have always felt like I was this unsettling mix — part oppressor and part oppressed. I have often struggled knowing that the races that make me who I am have a bitter history tainted with subjugation and suffering. As the daughter of a black Alabaman and a White…