Living through the pandemic is what my life is like living with lupus. A small part of me is relieved that so many people are living the way I have been forced to live since 2011. I know it is selfish, but this is the first time, in a long […]
My dear Lorraine Hansberry, you were a literary genius, and you left us too soon. Honestly, I think about Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” every day of my life. I see her in every Black person I see, every Black person I read about, and every Black person […]
Registration is now open for the summer program Black School! This will be for ages 8-12. Only 15 students will be admitted! All students are accepted regardless of their ability to pay. However, if you can pay, the cost is $250.
Racism in America, and, racism in Oak Park is nothing new. But calling out the racism of White liberals, unapologetically and blatantly, is a newer trend. For better or worse, most White conservatives own and are unapologetic with their racism. As an anti-racism advocate, my writing creed is, “call racism, […]
Reflections on Shitty Saturday: Saturday of the Holy Week is my favorite day. Weird, right? Well, to me, it best summarizes those of us who struggle with faith and worry. All of Jesus’ follower’s believed he was the Messiah on Friday. Yet, he died. And he was buried behind a […]
One of my first thoughts after watching the murder of Adam Toledo was I could tell how bad the police officer felt. It was evident that he made a mistake and was traumatized. I hope we can give all the folks who commit murder the same sympathy and understanding. Many […]
When DMX was 14 years old, one of his “big brother/mentors,” the person who introduced him to rap music, the person he trusted most in his life, tricked him and introduced him to the drug crack cocaine that ultimately took his life. Unbeknownst to DMX, this adult man gave a […]
Reflections on the night before Good Friday: Christians all over the world like to celebrate two important parts of the Journey of Christ to the Cross. On Thursday, we celebrate the “Last Supper” and “the washing of the feet.” Both super important and extremely ritualized in the Christian tradition. But […]
The 2nd most offensive to White folks is when they are called a White Supremacist (1st word is being called a racist). But many White folks get mad but don’t know what “white supremacist” means. So, I’ll help: White Supremacist believes that White culture (western culture/traditions/theories/clothes/looks/religion etc.) is better than […]
February 27, 2017 We are finally starting to have the real, uncomfortable, long overdue, talks about race in this country. I’ve never been more proud, excited, and uncomfortable with national dialogue before! I’m even more uncomfortable than 9/11 to Iraq War, weapons of mass destruction, national conversations. Racism is hard […]
An(other) Unpopular and Difficult Thing For Me To Say: Car Jackings and The “Crime Spree Pandemic” Is Racist Propaganda.Published on :
The constant coverage of carjackings in Chicago Black men is racist propaganda used to justify the Mayor hiring more police officers in Chicago and a $9 million police training center. Talking about “lawless Black youth” is a way for the elected officials to invest money in policing instead of policies […]
But I know, and teach, that “there is no difference between groups of people and if there is a difference, it is because of a racial policy.” Research proves that “inner-city Black men” are NOT “more dangerous or criminal” than any other group when aggregated for poverty and racist policies.
Today we celebrate the birthday of a great man! Well, two great men: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but also, and more importantly, to me, I celebrate the birth of my Uncle Larry! I love my Uncle Larry and I choose to believe when he tells me that I […]