Not enough. I am committed to voting for every qualified person of color for every political position I possibly can. For the first time in my life, I've started donating to political campaigns and mostly just for the Black candidates because they probably have less access to funds than white candidates. If I see racism out in public I speak out against it. I try to support Black-owned businesses when I can. I've been trying to read more Black authors. Last summer there was a huge push in our community to get a young Black man released from jail who has been sitting in jail for 5 years without a trial who is accused of a murder he didn't commit (the murdered woman had an abusive ex who probably did it) and I donated a couple hundred dollars to his defense fund. He's out now, thank God. Is it enough? Nope. But it's better than just standing by and letting things happen. I'm ashamed I wasn't doing that work before. I'm just amazed at how worked up men get when men attack each other, but when a man attacks a woman so many men just sort of shrug their shoulders and walk away. This woman was being intimidated by three grown-ass men in public. They could have easily overpowered her. What self-respecting man standing by and observing that kind of brute behavior does nothing? But it's because men in general have more respect for men than women and obviously white people in general have more respect for white people than Black people. Anyway, I think we're on the same side. Genuinely sorry I was grumpy with you. Hope you have a great weekend!

Writer, novelist, Kansan, wife, mom, essayist, journalist, reproductive rights activist, Jayhawk, dork. @KSAbortionFund

Writer, novelist, Kansan, wife, mom, essayist, journalist, reproductive rights activist, Jayhawk, dork. @KSAbortionFund