Author Archives: Kathy Henry

I am a woman. I am an African-American. Belonging to two minorities has shaped my viewpoint on life in more ways than I can count. It is not easy being a woman in a inherently sexist society. Add skin color to the equation and you have me. This is my world and my viewpoint. You do not have to agree with my thoughts but in the end, you will respect me.

Kathy Henry: Memories of Pickin Greens With My Momma on Sundays

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By Kathy Henry Although you have been gone out of my life for almost six years, you are never far away from my thoughts. Although I weep when I think about you, I have decided to concentrate on my wonderful memories of being a little girl who was so spoiled and pampered that I did not realize how poor our ...

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Kathy Henry: The Case for Male Virginity

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By Kathy Henry I cannot speak for other cultures but I do know that in Black culture, in America, there is a lot of pressure for young men to be ladies men with several women scattered in every zip code. From the time they are five-years-old, many young black boys are asked this question by various male relatives and friends: ...

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College Educated Black Woman Living in a Garbage Can

For the past three years and two months, I have resided in a garbage can. The smells of old garbage, urine, and human funk permeate the air of my surroundings, and stray cats yowl in the middle of the night. The garbage can where I live actually has a name and it is Parkway Gardens Apartments, a federally subsidized low-income ...

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Working for Pennies – The Harsh Realities of Being a Welfare Recipient

By Kathy Henry One of the biggest misconceptions in American culture is that welfare recipients are living large at the taxpayer’s expense, receiving thousands of dollars per month while driving Cadillacs and other expensive cars. This myth is so not true. How do I know? Because for the past two months, I have been on welfare and let me be ...

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Homophobia in the Black Community

By Kathy Henry The Black community is filled with hypocrisy.  Recently, I had a raging debate about gay marriage with a friend of mine who is a Christian and “holier than thou”. He feels that gay people  should be put on an island somewhere away from the God-fearing, good, self-righteous heterosexuals. He compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, which is ...

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10 Ways to Find Out If You Are a Brainwashed Negro

By Kathy Henry Brainwashed Negro: A Black individual who has internalized every negative stereotype about Blacks and their culture and is seething with self-hatred and low self-esteem. This person usually believes that the only path to success and true happiness is to marry or assimilate into White culture, hoping to escape the sins of being born Black. One of the ...

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I wish I was White, Female and Privileged for One Day

By Kathy Henry First of all, before I write this essay, I would like to state that I love being a black woman.  I love the beautiful brownness of my skin, my hair, which is a crown that has anointed me Queen of my universe, my full lips, slanted eyes, and the strength of my ancestors, who have dealt with ...

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A Letter From a South Side Apartment

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A couple of years ago, I read Dr. Martin Luther King’s A Letter from a Birmingham Jail and I was mesmerized by the passion and anger in his words and although we are in the second decade of the 21st century, his words still resonate. This letter I am writing is my tribute to him for giving his life for ...

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Ghetto Nation

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Ghetto:  A section of a city to which an entire ethnic or economically depressed group is is restricted; as by poverty or social pressure. Life for Blacks who live in the inner-city has never been easy but in the years since crack cocaine hit, things have most definitely taken a turn for the worst. A new breed of Black woman ...

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There Are No Daddies Here – The Consequences of Growing Up Fatherless

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American fathers are more removed from family life today than in any other time in American history. There are two approximate reasons for this recent outbreak of fatherless families: recent research suggests that a sharp increase in the divorce rate and the fact that it is more socially acceptable for women to conceive children outside of marriage are the reasons ...

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