Practice makes…

When I think about the ways I was trained into whiteness,  perfectionism has been a pretty big one. What I mean is that in the mostly-white communities I grew up in and saw on TV, perfectionism was such a normalized way of being in the world that I’ve often struggled to even recognize it when … Continue reading

“The more we are convinced of our right to be free”

On July 1, 2011, prisoners in the Secure Housing Unit (SHU–that’s solitary confinement)  in California’s Pelican Bay Prison began a hunger strike that spread across the state prison system. 6,600 people in California prisons joined the hunger strike. In spite of deep divisions that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has spent decades … Continue reading

Hey there.

HiI’mLexI’mwritingablogwhoa. Hi. I got to Oakland about a week ago. My last month in Minneapolis felt like a whirlwind that was laced with all this incredible sweetness: pancake breakfasts and handmade goodbye cards and the kinds of opportunities that start to surface right before you leave a place, to remind me of all there is … Continue reading