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?
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
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
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
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
"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
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.
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