A World of Hurt: Rage and Riots

The world is a huge place with millions of residents from every walk of life. It is as diverse as it is populated. I know it will never be possible for everyone on the planet to live in perfect harmony and peace with one another; there are simply too many conflicts. But I will never understand how one judgement can send an entire group of people into rage and riots, destroying their own community and damaging their neighbor’s livelihoods....more

The Hopeless State of Today

Last night, I along with thousands across the country, watched as Prosecutor Robert McCulloch read that a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Jr. I knew in my heart what the conclusion would be, but I was hopeful....more

A Letter to My Black Children: We Are Fighting For You

To my children, my Prince and my Queen,...more
I appreciate your perspective, but you are wrong. I need not only rely on my own experience to ...more

After Ferguson: We Are All Here

Better writers than me will discuss the events in Ferguson. They will be able to articulate things that I cannot. I only know a handful of things: Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons...more
Thank you for sharing this. I hope it makes at least a small difference.more

As a white, teenage girl I experienced a kind of privilege Michael Brown could never imagine

When I was 16 I was picked up for shoplifting, among other things, some makeup from my neighborhood grocery store....more

I Am Waiting: The New Primetime

I believe it was late Saturday night when I came across a writer’s post about her wish for Beyoncé’s new 7/11 video to “break the Internet.” Amidst the litany of frustrations making Beyoncé’s lighthearted and seemingly unscripted offering so welcome, including her teething baby and the offense of seeing a white woman’s behind glorified on a magazine cover, was a sentence about an unarmed black...more

If you have to lie, you're the bad guy

Here’s the thing about being in the right: you don’t have to lie about what happened. The facts of the event demonstrate to all and sundry that your behavior was correct and just. That is what being in the right means. Thus, knowing that the Ferguson Police Department and the St....more

Riots will be a necessary part of society until we change society

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets....more

Angels

 The New York Times, in an article that was otherwise contemplative and measured, said that Michael Brown, the young man who was shot and killed in Ferguson on August 9th, was “no angel”. People are, understandably, upset about that choice of words. Indeed, even the author of the article said that he would change them if he had another edit....more