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Black Like Me and Racial Ambiguity

My American grandfather was an unapologetic racist. Pure and simple. I know this because when I was twelve, during a heated conversation at the dinner table, he used the “n” word. 818 more words

Spiritual Life

Beah Speaks

You were afraid to nurse your young
lest fallen breast offend your master’s sight
and he should flee to firmer loveliness.
And so you passed them, your children, on to me. 155 more words

Poems

Privilege as Paradox

The namesake of this blog post comes from Allan G. Johnson’s book Privilege, Power, and Difference and in particular Chapter 2, “Privilege as Paradox.”

This is my effort to help explain this concept of privilege to people — a sort of introduction to it, if you will. 1,157 more words

Non-fiction Writings

Atmosphere

Atmosphere: (n) the pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or work of art.

As our earth cannot exist and sustain life without oxygen and water, so the following ideas, organizations and gatherings require a certain… 115 more words

How Smartphones Could Hold Police Accountable

Last week in South Carolina, a shooting brought the discussion of racial relations and police brutality back into the mainstream media—but this was no Michael Brown or even Eric Garner story. 1,045 more words

OU's Frat Song

I have followed very closely the news from the University of Oklahoma where members of a fraternity sang an inappropriate song on a bus. I’ve seen the video about 100 times. 391 more words

Aging