Here’s a video with a few hopeful words for you from Howard Zinn, and some thoughts on the Stockdale Paradox. This past weekend, my Patreon community grew to over 250 people. It is a beautiful group of folks, and I’m really grateful to have this intentional village to share with. In addition to ‘Monday […]
‘White Flour’ featured in Essence Magazine
I was blown away to get the news that in a June 2 Essence magazine article titled “11 Children’s Books To Teach Your Kids About Racism And Discrimination,” my book White Flour was listed as number 4. Given that Essence is a prominent magazine by, for, and of black women, I am beyond moved that […]
Reprise: Thoughts on Confederate Monuments
Note: I originally wrote this post in 2015, in the context of events spelled out below. In light of our current national re-examination of various monuments, I recently looked it up. I found that it still expresses my feelings, and a few folks have asked me for the link recently, so I’m sharing it again […]
Violence, transformation, and that banner on my house
Nearly three years after I hung the first one of these on my house, I am amazed at how far it has gone. The banner is hanging on houses and places of worship all over the U.S. Here are a few of the stories. I made this banner and nailed it to my house because […]
Nailing stuff to my house…
I have learned to pay attention to the words, “Somebody oughta…” It is universally acknowledged that the United States is at a particularly divisive point in our history. Not, as some have said, the most divisive (try the early sixties or the Civil or Revolutionary wars), but definitely a hard time. It’s leaving me wondering […]
The KKK has announced a march. How do we respond?
On November 10, 2016, The Loyal White Knights of Pelham, a North Carolina branch of the Ku Klux Klan, announced a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade” to take place on Dec. 3rd, 2016. The stated purpose of the march is to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory and the sense of validation they have gained from it. As […]
Football or Marriage? What does ‘politics’ mean?
A couple of weeks ago, Deanna and I watched the third presidential debate on my laptop in the living room, and then went to bed feeling pretty discouraged. We weren’t saddened because we think we are going to ‘lose’. We were just feeling the darkness of our current national political process, and the damage that […]
Hospitality in my digital living room
In my line of work, I get to move through a lot of different spaces. Not only geographically, but socio-economically as well. I spend time with folks who are quite wealthy, and folks who are extremely poor, people of various skin tones, political persuasions, identities, nationalities, orientations, abilities, and challenges. I treasure that, and I […]
One Southerner’s Thoughts on the Rebel Flag
Today the rebel flag will be removed from the Capitol grounds of South Carolina. The South Carolina House and Senate, by overwhelming majorities in both houses, voted to take it down this week, and Governor Haley signed the bill yesterday. I’m a Southerner. My father’s father’s father’s father was one Thomas Jefferson Talley LaMotte, who […]
Rosa Parks’ OTHER arrest—Feb. 22, 1956
Almost no one knows about the second time Rosa Parks was arrested, and that context changes her story significantly.
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