Monday, September 27

Opinion

One-Liners Everyone Should Know
Opinion

One-Liners Everyone Should Know

by Nahje Royster I know November was over three weeks ago but what can I say other than major writer’s block has taken over my brain. I have wanted to write a full piece on a topic that I have been sitting on for a while, but my mind has a million prompts circling full speed, and it is hard to commit to one topic right now. So, instead I have decided to take a cue from social media. There were a few people who I saw make posts about “No Nuance November” (I unfortunately can’t remember their handles because I scroll too fast) and honestly, I enjoyed the trend. As a community educator, I often feel bad for not explaining my thoughts fully. However, the topics I speak on are often close and personal to me, so it is not just me educating folks based off what I have learned but also my pers...
An Open-Letter to Broken-Hearted Children and the Folks Who Broke Them
Opinion

An Open-Letter to Broken-Hearted Children and the Folks Who Broke Them

by Nahje Royster An open-letter to broken-hearted children and the folks who broke them: I am just going to say it -- children don’t owe parents anything. I don’t care if that sounds entitled, nor do I care if you disagree. Why? Because children and adults alike are suffering irreversible emotional, mental, spiritual, and even physical trauma at the hands of people who are supposed to love, care, and protect us. An indisputable fact is that parents brought us here against our will -- meaning none of us had any say in being created. I know that might sound like an unnecessary point to make, but it is a simple fact. When our lives begin, we have no choice to depend on our parents and caregivers. We do not have the ability, or the understanding needed to care for ourselves. We a...
Opinion

It’s Okay to Be Okay with Being Okay

by Nahje Royster If you’re anything like me, being happy and content sometimes feels foreign and confusing. Being so accustomed to pain, disappointment, frustration, and grief doesn’t allow for space to imagine anything other than these heavy, dark feelings. However, it really is okay to be okay. My therapist has been DRAGGING me lately- actually since I met her- about getting out of the comfort zone of being sad, upset, angry, etc. I hadn’t even realized that was what I was doing until I thought about my “healing” habits. When things go awry, no matter how big or small, I shut down and I try to stay in that emotion as long as possible. I avoid things that might make me feel better, I say self-deprecating things, I avoid my friends-- the whole, toxic, nine yards. But why? What does ...
Opinion

Self-Preservation from white people is my Political Act

by Nahje Royster I am nobody’s good negro. I will not coddle white guilt and allow them to believe that things are okay when they aren’t[i]. I was the Undergraduate Speaker at West Chester University’s December 2019 Kente Ceremony. One of my favorite parts of my speech was: “We cannot be cashed in when folks want to pretend to have the range to speak on our identities. We will not stifle how Black or brown we are to make anyone comfortable. We will no longer allow people to pretend to not understand what we’re saying because we’re using African American Vernacular English, of which is a recognized and accredited dialect with research to back it up. We will not stop using Ebonics, cultural slang, or any other decolonized tongue because we are not, never have been and never will be...
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