Hearing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin be convicted on all three counts for George Floyd’s 9:29 murder left me with a tear-stained face. Witnessing a White police officer finally held accountable for a Black person’s death left me on the brink of joy.
But, something stopped me from celebrating. A mixture of hard-to-place dread and rage filled my spirit. That hard-to-place dread surfaced the moments after Columbus Police killed 16-year-old Makiah Bryant.
This empath couldn’t shake a too good to be true feeling and felt Bryant’s soul drift away. …
Nearly from Day One, the British press treated the former Meghan Markle like a cross between Yoko Ono and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor. Rabid commenters online not only embraced the rhetoric, but doubled down on the racist venom spewed at now Duchess of Sussex.
However, the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace remained silent. The Firm stayed true to its motto — never complain, never explain. That explains staying silent through four seasons of The Crown. Nary a peep about all the English Breakfast tea spilt.
Getting a COVID vaccine shouldn’t feel like having a winning Powerball ticket. This writer will get my first or only shot tomorrow — if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available. That’s left me feeling conflicted.
It’s the perfect birthday present — I turned 45 Wednesday. But, health care shouldn’t be a gift or privilege. Health care access is a human right. Alas,our nation’s addiction transformed health care into a commodity. Survival shouldn’t depend on solvency.
This sad reality is why St. Jude and Shriners hospitals exist. It’s also why GoFundMe has become a necessary alternative to health insurance coverage…
Our nation is sliding toward the Handmaid’s Tale set. U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings began today. The Moral Majority’s more than 40 years of planning and plotting has culminated in this surreal moment in history — we’re inching toward theocracy.
Moral Majority alums and their slightly less urbane descendants, Tea Partierd and Trump supporters, have nearly realized a unique American dream — -turning back the clock 50 years. Conservative evangelical Christians are convulsing in praise over dealing a major blow to Roe v. Wade.
Clarence Thomas getting lion’s share of criticism for marriage equality dig
Chadwick Boseman didn’t just make movies…he taught life lessons
Classrooms aren’t the only places we learn important lessons. That reality doesn’t, of course, minimize institutional education’s value. But, the fact that experience and observation can be good teachers remains. Experiencing and observing Chadwick Boseman was a masterclass in courage, determination, and heroism.
In death, Boseman has become iconic for playing icons and embodying pure Black liberation. This Black gay social justice warrior must confess publicly struggling with Black Panther. Seeing real-life Black liberators on screen is what I thought I needed — not fictional characters. …
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)’s selection as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate has launched us into some Back To The Future/1984 alternate universe. Birtherism has been resurrected like a beloved soap opera character. (Shout out to Reva Shayne!)
Questioning former President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship conceived the birther movement and gave President Donald Trump the political capital to, eventually, snag the White House. Chapman University law professor and Claremont Institute fellow John C. Eastman revived the racist trope in a recent Newsweek op ed.
Eastman writes the 12th Amendment prohibits “constitutionally ineligible” people from becoming vice president. And, Article…
George Floyd — and many other Black people — should be alive today
More than 2,000 years ago, loved ones watched helplessly as the State murdered an innocent Black man…slowly. His death took hours not less than nine minutes. Nails pierced his hands and his feet. Society was convinced he was a threat. So, Jesus had to die. His loved ones stood beneath his cross and cried out.
Today, the loved ones of one Black person after another cry out in front of microphones and television cameras. Or like George Floyd’s young daughter, clinging to her mother, trying to process…
Being Black in America has never been for the faint of heart. White supremacists have dehumanized and demoralized Black bodies for centuries. Denying their humanity made exploiting and destroying them by any means necessary easier. Doing so shielded them from guilt for transforming them into strange fruit.
“Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”
Lyrics by Abel Meeropol
Abel Meeropol wrote the poem that Billie Holiday transformed into a haunting melody. recorded on April 20, 1939. (He was a…
Losing privilege makes certain White people lose their sanity. Small throngs of Tea Party-infused Deplorables gathered for political rallies to protest stay-at-home orders. The height of their hypocrisy and stupidity is breathtaking. Apparently, President Donald J. Trump is co-signing that hypocrisy and stupidity according to a story in The Hill today.
“LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” Trump tweeted, followed quickly by a call to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!”
“LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!” Trump tweeted, a reference to the state’s expanded background checks and limits on gun purchases signed into law last week.
A social justice minister & life coach dedicated to creating change.