Kesha Ram: The souls of Black folk and the roles of white folk

by Kesha Ram, VT Digger, April 25th, 2021.


So, then, what is our collective responsibility to uplift the souls of Black Americans? How do we further their ability to one day merge this double-consciousness into one whole self, to not have their very lives depend on how they are perceived and treated by white Americans and a system built to oppress them?


As a brown, multiracial woman, it sometimes feels like I am experiencing a triple-consciousness. I am aware of the privileges and freedoms that white Americans enjoy that I do not; and yet, I am also aware that I experience and enjoy a great number of privileges and freedoms compared to Black Americans.


As I sat gripped with a complex mix of emotions waiting for the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for the killing of George Floyd, many of the deep-seated images and feelings that flashed through my mind were from my own childhood fear and anger over policing and racism in America.


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