#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Hashtag Calls Out Media's Portrayal of Black People

The hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown is currently trending on Twitter, as a well as a Tumblr devoted to side-by-side images of the same black person, in "respectable" attire and in outfits that could be deemed "thuglike." Which picture would the media use to represent you: the one where you were goofing off with friends and look like a “thug,” or your graduation picture? Guess which one the media tends to use? ...more
I feel your post here is misunderstanding two basic things: firstly police training and ...more

Homeschooling a child with behavior issues...well he really doesn't have those

So my son is starting his first day of homeschooling tomorrow.  I am so excited, but at the same time terrified because he is in the 10th grade and Ifinally decided to take him out of public school after years of his not being able to function.  For many years we were told he was a child with behavior problems.  He couldn't sit still, he was not able to pay attention in class, he had ADHD...blah blah blah blah.  My son has always been afflicted with one issue, he is an African American/Black boy.  That was it....more

When did affliction become criteria for helping others?

Life isn't fair. At least that's what most of us are told when we have to go through difficulty or issues within our lives.  Most of us use our life experience, mostly bad experiences, and turn them around to attempt to help someone else by sharing our experiences.  However, when did being afflicted with a disease, being homeless at some point, being in jail, or on drugs become A-1 criteria for being able to give back and be respected?...more

Never Too Late to Learn: Racism and Slavery in America

It occurs to me that the way to change people's attitudes is to tell them the truth.If people are never exposed to the truth, we can't blame them for not 'getting it' when we try to explain things like sexism and racism....more
For the longest time I have been saying we need to change the manner we teach Black history.  If ...more

Six Ways for President Obama to Counter Congress’ Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Child Fervor

Let’s face it: it's not just the lack of compassion towards children at the border seeking asylum; the House of Representatives neglected its duty to provide leadership on immigration reform long ago....more

The Abysmal American Prison System

I’ve been wanting to write about this subject for a long while now, but it’s a heavy, hard one and so has been repeatedly relegated to my “I’ll get to that soon” list....more

"I am Richard Dawson, Your Majesty" Memory Provides What Life Does Not

"Memory Provides What Life Does Not"-The late Richard Dawson, host of the old "Family Feud" TV,  series could boast (if you want to call it that ),  of one the most bittersweet memories. He had to balance the reality with those that are an Englishman's highest hope: meeting the Queen of England....more
I would like to supplement blogs like this one, and the one about James Garner and the movie ...more

Why Adults Need Diverse Books Too

Why aren’t we reading more adult fiction by writers of color or about the non-white experiences? As much as the news outlets like to tout it, reading isn’t dead. At least once a week, a Facebook friend will ask for book recommendations. Social media has made reading more social. We share status updates about our current reads, rave about books we love, and even track our reading progress all through social media. ...more
Grace Hwang Lynch Ab.so.lutely!!more

Voices from BlogHer '14

When people ask me how BlogHer '14 was last week, I get speechless....more

Compassionate Conservatism

Was that ever really a thing? I mean, besides a way to sugarcoat regular conservatism to make it sound more appealing to swing voters? I think it was Tony Blair who said something like, “Compassionate conservatism means we’re still not going to help you but we’re really sorry about it.”...more
The GOP has a few contradictions! The best is Abortion and Birth Control. We know if Birth ...more