Black History Month and the Precarious White Identity

We are now in the final week of Black History Month.* During this month long observance, Americans call to their consciousness the many contributions of black Americans in our society. Or at least that is what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to remember people like Frederick Douglass, Ida B Wells, W.E.B Du … Continue reading Black History Month and the Precarious White Identity

Black Women: Elevating the Neglected Voices Among Us

In our American society, we pay the most attention to those who have a lot of clout. We tend to flock after those who have reputable degrees, have some sort of coveted expertise, or are for other reasons highly influential. These are the people to whom we ascribe value and importance, and as such, these … Continue reading Black Women: Elevating the Neglected Voices Among Us

Is This Who We’ve Become?

Last week, I received a call that no parent ever wants to receive - that there was a potential threat at my child’s school. After the police received information that there was a suspicious person outside of the building, the school was put on code yellow to ensure the safety of the children and faculty … Continue reading Is This Who We’ve Become?

The Church as a Catalyst for Racial Justice

How can the Church of Jesus Christ be a vehicle for change and racial justice in a society that consistently dehumanizes and devalues black lives? This is the question that believers of the Gospel, need to ask in earnest as police brutality and white supremacist violence increasingly compromises black American’s ability to live and do … Continue reading The Church as a Catalyst for Racial Justice

The Role of Law, Science, and Religion in Both Perpetuating and Overturning Racism

Every day, it seems, I bear witness to the reality that rights to humanity are not afforded to everyone in this country. Every day as I face the world, I see life being snatched away from men, women, and children simply because they are black. This fate is no respecter of persons in that it does … Continue reading The Role of Law, Science, and Religion in Both Perpetuating and Overturning Racism

Forgiveness and the State of White Supremacy in America

Yesterday, Mother Emanuel AME reopened its doors after experiencing such a traumatic ordeal Wednesday evening. The congregation lost nine precious souls that evening - Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson, Daniel L. Simmons, and Depayne Middleton Doctor - when a white male opened fire aiming … Continue reading Forgiveness and the State of White Supremacy in America

The Irrational Politics of Law

How does it feel to be a problem? This is the question that W.E.B. du Bois asked reflecting on the black experience in America. Or rather, how does it feel to be intentionally targeted and controlled by the rule of law? How does it feel to know that the laws that are being erected and … Continue reading The Irrational Politics of Law