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Clay Rivers
Author, artist, accidental activist, founder Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family). Social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

If Black people could’ve remedied the problem single-handedly, we would have. A long time ago.

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“Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together,” an informal and informational guide to becoming an ally by Our Human Family.

Summer 2020, people the world over learned the United States’ ugly secret known by Black people in this country for 400 years: Black lives are regarded as having little to no value. And for any Black person who dares challenge this worldview, retribution can be sure, swift, and deadly.


Prophetic Then, Relevant Now

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James Baldwin. Photo by Allen Warren. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

James Baldwin, one of America’s foremost authors, activists, and playwrights, who addressed the themes of race, the political promise and peril of America, and the human condition, is the muse of the latest issue of OHF Magazine. We planned that Baldwin would be the muse for this issue back in fall/winter 2019 when we published our inaugural issue, unaware of how prescient his words would be or the challenges we would face in 2021.


Volume 3 No 2

New This Week

White Supremacy, An America Love Story
by Clay Rivers

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Where exactly to begin? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started this essay. Volumes will be written about the failed coup and botched response (if not by design) by law enforcement for years to come. Anything I write here will only scratch the surface. With that in mind, I’m going to focus on a point I made a week ago: There is no depth to some people’s hatred of Black people and loyalty to white supremacy.


The hypocrisy and hate continue

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Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Where exactly to begin? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started this essay. Volumes will be written about the failed coup and botched response (if not by design) by law enforcement for years to come. Anything I write here will only scratch the surface. With that in mind, I’m going to focus on a point I made a week ago: There is no depth to some people’s hatred of Black people and loyalty to white supremacy.


Gleaning meaning from 2020's 366 days of chaos and hatred

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Photo by Quinten de Graaf on Unsplash

Some folks call 2020 a waste. Not so. Like twenty pounds of manure packed in a five-pound bag, last year overflowed with ruin, crazy, and hate.


The editors’ picks

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What a year. From the pandemic to the protests to the partisanship, volumes will be written about the 366 days that comprised 2020. Our writers have chronicled this year through the lofty lens of equality in their stories: the highs, the lows, and the crazy range of stuff in-between.


The editors’ picks

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What a year. From the pandemic to the protests to the partisanship, volumes will be written about the 366 days that comprised 2020. Our writers have chronicled this year through the lofty lens of equality in their stories: the highs, the lows, and the crazy range of stuff in-between.


I‘ll be riding all 365 days of 2021 like jockey on horse trying to win the Kentucky Derby—and you should, too.

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

Pity that time moves in only one direction. There are many moments in my life I wish I could relive, but with the knowledge I have now. Exhibit A: my first term in college and the five-hour Beginning French class which met every day at 8:00 a.m. Because I had several years of French under my belt before college, the elective was supposed to be an easy A. But when registering for the class I didn’t take into consideration that I lived on the vampire sleep schedule—turning in around 3:00 a.m., and up at 9:00 a.m. The class wound up being a five-hour F. What can I say? …


The editors’ picks

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What a year. From the pandemic to the protests to the partisanship, volumes will be written about the 366 days that comprised 2020. Our writers have chronicled this year through the lofty lens of equality in their stories: the highs, the lows, and the crazy range of stuff in-between.


The editors’ picks

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What a year. From the pandemic to the protests to the partisanship, volumes will be written about the 366 days that comprised 2020. Our writers have chronicled this year through the lofty lens of equality in their stories: the highs, the lows, and the crazy range of stuff in-between.

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