We use Dr. King’s words, his picture, and his life for all sorts of purposes. But very few of us are willing to share in his pain, his sacrifice, or his burden. Continue reading “Martin vs. Everybody”
Off White Privilege
Recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut. Civil war in Syria. Forced exodus of millions of Syrian and Iraqi families. French bombs. U.S. bombs. Russian bombs. Soda can bombs. These are serious times. Continue reading “Off White Privilege”
Dear Why People
This afternoon I took a break from the daily routine and spent a few hours walking through the American Museum of Natural History. As I walked up to the entrance on Central Park West, I saw a line of yellow school buses and I knew my plans for a peaceful & quiet wander were not going to happen today. Continue reading “Dear Why People”
Good Clean English Names
“Why didn’t your mother give you a good, clean, English name?”
This unfortunate question was directed to me by a newly hired co-worker at my job during a training session a few weeks ago. While my initial reaction was surprise at the boldness and lack of tact with which the statement was uttered, the second (and longer-lasting) feeling that cascaded over me was one of disappointment in my co-worker. From the outside, it looked like she would have known better.
The New Negrotarians
In the middle of a recent conversation with my brother about the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, he described his political position by using a term I’d never heard before: Negrotarian. Continue reading “The New Negrotarians”
Joy and Pain
This week, I finally got a chance to go see Inside Out, the latest brilliant offering from the good people at Pixar. In the same week, I inhaled the new book Between The World and Me from The Atlantic magazine’s senior editor, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Nothing is the same… Continue reading “Joy and Pain”
We Still Here
It’s the Independence Day holiday weekend in the U.S. Each year, I try to use this opportunity to open my copy of The Declaration of Independence and read through the words of this country’s founding fathers as they prepared for the ultimate turn-up in their protest movement back in 1776. Continue reading “We Still Here”
A Prayer for Pimped Butterflies and Pessimists
Two powerful sounds came together this week.
Continue reading “A Prayer for Pimped Butterflies and Pessimists”
Truth and Reconciliation…Dating and Data
Warning: The images and opinions below contain numbers and graphs…about the behavior of men and women…when they’re dating…online. Proceed with caution…but definitely proceed!