I listen with interest and anger to the people who say, athletes – African American and those in solidarity with them – “taking a knee” are disrespecting the flag and, therefore, this country, even as those same people say little to nothing about the administration hob-knobbing with dictators and enemies of this country. Do… Read More To Those Offended by the Taking of a Knee
One of the best and most powerful lessons my mother taught me was the lesson of “guilt by association.” “If you’re with someone who’s doing something wrong and the police come, you’re going to get arrested too, even if you haven’t done anything.” She told all five us that at a very early age, and… Read More The Impotency of Silence, White Supremacy and Lessons from My Mother
It is probably safe to say that all of us were told by our mothers when we were little that we should always make sure our underwear was clean. They said the reason was that we never know when or if we might be in an accident. “You don’t want anybody to see that you’ve… Read More America’s Underwear is Dirty
The disease called white supremacy is as deadly to the soul and spirits of those afflicted as is a stage four cancer with metastasis. Unlike cancer, however, white supremacy is contagious and affects everyone it touches. It is without rationality or compassion; it is willfully blind to the reality that those who claim intellectual superiority… Read More Can White Supremacy Be Cured?
I am an African American woman who has studied the history of racism in this country, has watched the products of systemic racism ruin lives, from black and brown and poor children getting inferior educations, to the continued slaughter of unarmed black people by law enforcement officers, to qualified black people being passed over for… Read More The Spirit of America, Compromised