They Tell Us It’s Our Fault

My little one, 8 years old, often feels unheard. He’s a little person, half the size of others in the house. After explaining the horror of George Floyd’s murder, I tried to explain the reaction, the protests happening around the country. I asked him to remember a time where he felt unheard, which I know […]

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My Latest on Blogher: Young Black Children and Suicide

The first time I thought about killing myself, I was eleven. I’d had some trauma in my life, unspeakable things that my tween self could not articulate. Pain that ran deep, seated into my soul. I could not get away from it. Image Credit: Sam D via Flickr At eleven, I didn’t make a plan; […]

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Champions of Freedom

This is an event I organized for my kids’ school…the posters went up on Tuesday, in honor of MLK Day that was celebrated on Monday. There are posters of the “champions of freedom” and “fact” posters that have facts about each of the people, color coded. Today, the kids did a “fact hunt” by choosing […]

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Comfort for the Parents of the Innocent

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. September 18, 1963, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama [Delivered at funeral service for three of the children – Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, and Cynthia Diane Wesley – killed in the bombing. A separate service was held for the fourth victim, Carole Robertson.] This afternoon we gather […]

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dying in the streets

i watch this news with my kids every morning as we eat our breakfast. i understand they may not “get” everything, but i want them to know there is a world out there bigger than them. well, this morning on good morning america, there was a story on the shooting death of trayvon martin. my six […]

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Educated Liars: Stanford Brings Back ROTC

Since the Vietnam War era, ROTC has operated away from most elite university campuses, marginalized by a leftist majority against war and militarization. But yesterday, rhetorically due to the end of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Stanford […]

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beating the dead jailed horse

Today’s Oprah was a repeat. Everything I am about to say is about old, old news and I am stirring up an old, old debate. Mark Fuhrman was on a repeat of Oprah today. Remember him? He says his obit in newspapers will read “the disgraced detective from the O.J. Simpson trial died today.” That’s […]

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today i watched history

Today marked the historic occasion of the beginning of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. I don’t know if it’s historic because it’s the first black woman owned network or what, but it’s historic to me because Oprah is a black woman and she has a network named after her. To me, that is just…wow. I’ve […]

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who’s pretty?

It is a fiction that a laissez-faire approach to markets create the results that we see in the world. An article on the front page of today’s New York Times talks about how despite the fact that Brazilians themselves see beauty in all shapes and colors, modeling scouts who send models to Europe continue to […]

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Chasing the Jones

This week, the NYTimes published an op-ed referencing a famous report: The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.In this 1965 report, Moynihan, the Asst. Sec’t of Labor, declares the deterioration of the black family as the main reason why blacks were and would perpetually be at the bottom of the indices for well-being in the country. […]

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