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Dreams of Silver Spoons of “Normative Whiteness” and Its Continuum of Racialized Collateral Damage/Violence July 20, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:35 am

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I posted this LAST night but meant to schedule it to be posted on the morning of July 16 2015. So, I wanted to repost:

[I posted this LAST night but meant to schedule it to be posted on the morning of July 16 2015. So, I wanted to repost]

I had a dream last night.

More like a nightmare.

I was back at Dartmouth College, my undergrad alma mater that I attended with my twin brother in the mid 1990s.

Dartmouth College Green.

In the dream, my brother was walking across the college green and 3 white male students were yelling, ‘Nigger go home’ at him. It didn’t end well and they tried killing him with silver spoons and succeeded.

I had a vision of him in the ‘afterlife’ and his spirit was on the Dartmouth College green where he had been killed…but he didn’t realize he had…

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[Racial Reality] Check Out At a Berkeley Organic Grocery Store…and the Challenge of ‘White’ Apology vs. Engaged Compassion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:28 am

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I created the image above after my racial reality check out at a Berkeley organic grocery store the other day. I had my 1, 3 and 6 year olds in tow. They were helping me pick out their organic vegan treats for the playground. The store is located in a predominantly white area of Berkeley. I rarely see Black patrons there. Oh, and for those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, I am a Black American cisgender woman with two daughters and a son.

Usually, after I am done paying for my groceries, my 3 and 6 year olds always ask the person working at the register for a sticker. There is a very kind Black woman who works there with a very big heart. She was stationed at the register that day. I see her there at the store all the time and she is always asking…

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Sistah Vegan, Where Do You Get Your Pre-Natal Iron Nutrients to Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy? July 16, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:26 am

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Sistah Vegan!

In this video, I suggest several plant based solutions to raise a pregnant woman’s low iron levels. This is particularly helpful for those of you searching for non-animal based options.

List of Ingredients You’ll Need:

  1. Floradix Iron + Herbs Liquid Extract Formula 17floz
  2. World Organic Chlorophyll Liquid 16 Oz
  3. A drink high in vitamin C, such as orange juice or grapefruit juice.

 Directions: Mix the Floradix and the Chlorophyll in a liquid source of vitamin C.

  • Weeks 18-25: 10ml of Floradix + 1/2 tbsp of Chlorophyll + vitamin C drink (take in the morning, on an empty stomach)
  • Weeks 25-42: In the morning take 10ml of Floradix + 1/2 tbsp of Chlorophyll + vitamin C drink on  an empty stomach;  in the Afternoon, take another 10ml of Floradix + 1/2 tbsp of Chlorophyll + vitamin C drink on  an empty stomach.
  • If taking a calcium supplement, wait 2 hours after taking the Floradix mixture. Iron…

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(Leg Cramps in Kids) Sistah Vegan, Where Do You Get Your Vegan Remedies for Kid’s Night Leg Cramps?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:25 am

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Sistah Vegan!

EvaLuna Eva Luna, Age 3.

When my daughter, Eva Luna, turned 3, she started waking up at night, screaming in pain about her legs hurting. She was having painful leg cramps. This is a common ailment of toddlers and preschoolers I have learned. We were told to try foods high in potassium, such as bananas, to prevent these nightly episodes. However, after about 7-10 days of bananas every day, there was no change in her leg cramps. If anything, it seemed to be getting worse.

I researched a little more and found that magnesium supplementation would most likely be just what she needed. I wasn’t sure about the powders and how well her body would assimilate supplemental powers or tablets. So, I ended up buying a liquid mineral complex called Concentrace and putting it into 4 oz of apple juice about 1 hour before her bed time. The minerals taste very…

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Dreams of Silver Spoons of “Normative Whiteness” and Its Continuum of Racialized Collateral Damage/Violence

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:25 am

Originally posted on :

I had a dream last night.

More like a nightmare.

I was back at Dartmouth College, my undergrad alma mater that I attended with my twin brother in the mid 1990s.

Dartmouth College Green.

In the dream, my brother was walking across the college green and 3 white male students were yelling, ‘Nigger go home’ at him. It didn’t end well and they tried killing him with silver spoons and succeeded.

I had a vision of him in the ‘afterlife’ and his spirit was on the Dartmouth College green where he had been killed…but he didn’t realize he had been killed. He was in a fetal position, shaking in fear, holding a silver spoon in his hand; he was still wearing the clothes he had been killed in (a Dartmouth Green sweater and khaki pants). In the dream, I remember feeling incredibly distraught, sad, angry, and frightened because the students didn’t…

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“Full Blown Racists”, Preemptive Strikes, and Silence Amongst Mostly White Friends June 22, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:29 pm

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The other day, I posted this update to my Facebook account:

I think My problem is that This Roof guy is loving the attention and it’s obvious he is excited to be written into the history books while the victims will just remain ‘nameless’ and ‘non-rememberable’ by the mainstream. Once again, centering then giving power to ‘whiteness’. (I will name them Clementa Pinckney, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Myra Thompson.)

I actually think white racists are not anomalies. They are everywhere and it just manifests in differing ways. [A Facebook friend wrote that Roof was a ‘full blown racist’.] I am not sure how one would define a ‘full blown racist’. Does it take shooting up a Black church to be one? I actually think not; but that is just me and a majority of the scholars in critical…

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Foodie-Tech Apps Worth Millions Won’t Kill the Neoliberal Racist Capitalist [Food] System May 25, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper @ 1:40 pm

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I just saw this video on CNN (Will Blue Apron Kill your Grocery Store?). So many questions and comments have popped into my head. Here are my thoughts as a critical race feminist researcher within the discipline of critical food studies and critical pedagogies of consumption. I have been thinking about what role do foodie-tech app companies worth tens of millions of dollars have in dismantling (or colluding with) a neoliberal racist capitalist [food] system..

Like all these food tech startups, yes, foodie-tech startups like Blue Apron and similarly highly successful foodie-tech start-ups will change the way of eating and make it ‘easier’ and ‘kill’ YOUR grocery store-

-But wait, who is ‘you’ and ‘your’?

Unpacking ‘You’ and ‘Your’

Does ‘you’ and ‘your’ include those living in spaces of environmental racism?  Are we talking about the nearly enslaved and abused mostly latino migrant workers who pick the very produce they…

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