Abigail Kirby Conklin
Radical education, decolonization, poetry; working on doing ally work as a white cis woman.
Created 01 Jul 2021
  • Hey, White People, Pt. 2: We Don't Get to Decide that We're Allies
    19 Nov 2021 • 15 min read
    Hey, White People” is an ongoing series from “Recently” that examines white conduct in the contexts of social justice and decolonizing work. Ally, verb: late 13th century, “to join in marriage” from O...
  • Pick You, or Pick Rent
    05 Nov 2021 • 15 min read
    CW: Suicide I don’t like April very much. To be clear, it has plenty of good going for it: the birthdays of loved ones, the promise of sunlight returning after eighty-three months of winter, baby thin...
  • That's Not What Colorblindness Means
    22 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Have you seen the movie “Little Miss Sunshine?” I love that damn movie. It’s embedded in my family’s culture; my mother includes it in her ESL syllabus, we quote it at each other over holiday dinners,...
  • Hey, White People, Pt. 1: This is How We Sound After We’ve Called the Cops
    08 Oct 2021 • 10 min read
    “Hey, White People” is an ongoing series from “Recently” that examines white conduct in the contexts of social justice and decolonizing work. TW: Domestic assault, violence, law enforcement I was expe...
  • The "Insanity" of John Brown
    24 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Admission: I was VERY late to the Politically Re-Active podcast game. When creators W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu launched their pod in 2016, it was ostensibly to unpack the presidential race betwe...
  • Workaholic vs Wisdom Teeth
    10 Sep 2021 • 16 min read
    Ten days before my scheduled wisdom tooth extraction, I hear back from a job that I have forgotten I applied for. To be fair, this forgetfulness is not due to my lack of interest in the job. Au contra...
  • Cancelled; then what happens?
    27 Aug 2021 • 21 min read
    TW: mention of sexual assault 2016 was a bad year. I’d go out on a limb and say that, for most of us in the U.S., it was a bad year. I certainly hit a premier rock bottom. On a grand scale, there was ...
  • Pretend Asthma, Real Comfort
    13 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    My first year as a working professional, I was placed at an East Harlem elementary school, courtesy of a large, local non-profit. Through AmeriCorps, this organization got a slew of employees annually...
  • The War on Black American Lungs
    30 Jul 2021 • 11 min read
    CW/TW: discussion of racialized violence, targeted harming of Black citizens, and historic and contemporary traumas. I was asked recently if racism was systematic or systemized. My answer? Both. In th...
  • Bully/Bullied
    16 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 0 1
    This is a story about bullying. Specifically, the bewildering cocktail of being bullied and being a bully, and how that can live in a body. This story is also about me. But it is important that I begi...
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