LJ Cunningham

About Lily Cunningham

Lily J Cunningham headshot My name is Lily Cunningham, and I write to cope with the realities we live in. I began posting my writings in May 2022, on Medium. My first piece was about coping skills, but I’ve kept a journal a good 30 years or more.

Now, I’m coping and sharing in a public way.

It’s hard to clearly state what I write about without sounding like I’m starting a cult or trying to be on a watchlist. The recurring themes are the increases in State violence and historical information; my own trauma narrative in the context of white supremacy; racist police violence; Ohio and national political trends.

My curiosity is my greatest strength.

It has completely shifted my way of thinking when I have an emotional reaction to something if I instead shift into curiosity mode. I stop to ask myself, “Why am I angry at this? Why am I so sure of something?”

My curiosity helps me observe patterns of individual and collective behavior patterns.

I started this website to connect with others, and to help them also connect to their own feelings about the current events in our shared environments. I’m writing for people most oppressed by systemic violence and individuals who understand domestic abuse. My writing is for people who are curious about self examination and ownership of their own experiences and behaviors.

I’m also writing for white people – like myself, who have an awareness of the injustices within our systems. And for people who have been abused by white, Christian norms and systems.

Honestly, I want white people to care about what’s going on, and to emotionally connect to why they should care. I want my white peers to seek deeper connection with those around them. And to ultimately divest away from white supremacy in their parenting, communication styles, language, etc.

I hope that by sharing my own experiences, my writing and this website can be the connector.

Articles by Lily J. Cunningham
Collage of Ohio representatives from top left, Bill Dean, Melanie Miller, Jennifer Gross who is standing beside Kyle Rittenhouse; and Beth Lear who is aiming a gun

How Should the People Respond to the Undemocratic Ohio GOP?

Ohio Republicans Bill Dean, Melanie Miller, Beth Lear, and Jennifer...

a row of empty church pews

Pastors Push Politics at Ohio Pulpit

I’d posted online to speak to Ohio congregants told to...

A protester's hands are visible holding a sign that reads they are coming for your rights next. The ohio statehouse with the ohio and american flag are in the background

Vote For Issue 1 To Protect Reproductive Rights In Ohio

Everything to Know About the Vote to Pass Issue 1...

Mount Olive Baptist Church, church and cemetery of the late Reverend Jacob Cossart, my seventh great-grandfather, and father of Mary Cozad, grandfather of Charity Hinesman.

White Supremacy Lies I Used To Believe

I wrote about being raised to be a Christian Nationalist...

Image shows two girls standing facing one another. One with blonde braids and one with darker hair in the same style. They appear to stand in a woods, wearing older fashioned, feminine clothing. The blonde girl is covered neck to wrist wearing a dress. The darker haired girl faces her wearing more modern black clothing. They face one another and seen in profile

Racism as a Legacy Burden

My therapist introduced me to the concept of legacy burdens....

Image of the cast in costume from Showtime's series The Tudors. Left to right are Gabrielle Anwar as Margaret Tudor; Sam Neill as Bishop Thomas Wolsey in a red cap and red robe; Jeremy Northam as Sir Thomas More in black, standing next to the Bishop. Seated before him in black wearing a crown is Maria Doyle Kennedy playing the role of Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England and Catholic daughter of the Queen of Castille and King of Aragon; beside her standing in gold wearing a crown is Natalie Dormer as Lady Anne Boelyn, Mistress to King Henry VIII and Queen of England; next to her on the right of the image, seated, is Jonathan Rhys Meyers, playing King Henry VIII, King of England

White Supremacy Starts In The Family

I was raised in white supremacy - having learned it...

What Is Grooming? Ohio Republicans Know

Ohio Republicans continue to define grooming incorrectly -- and their...

Normalizing White Christian Nationalism Is Killing Everyone.

In America white supremacy norms are collectively accepted and facilitate...