It was a good day in Los Angeles. Actually, it had been a great day. I woke up early, got a 2-hour gym session in, and then headed to Silver Lake for a noontime brunch with my girlfriend and a group of friends. Celebrating a friend’s birthday, we toasted mimosas, ate good food, and had deep … More How I Got Pulled Over Last Night… And Why I Cried.
The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the United States and effectively ends the ban that was still in effect in 14 states. We wake up this morning with a feeling of accomplishment in recognition of a progressive step toward true civil rights for all Americans. But sadly, within the midst … More When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?
But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools
2 cops were shot and killed, execution-style, in New York today. The loss of life saddens me and I hope that NO ONE ELSE has to die. But I have to be honest, my initial and lingering feeling was more so, “What did you think was going to happen?” Let me explain… August 11, 2014: Unarmed Ezell … More 2 Cops Killed: “What did you think was going to happen?”
For over four hundred years, African people in North America have been subjected to many different forms of enslavement, oppression, and exploitation. The injustices practiced in this country date back to the beginning of the African Diaspora, being mistreated on “slave ships” and in the colonies. But despite the horrid circumstances through which African people … More Running, Revolting, Resisting: A Look into the Resistance of enslaved Africans during Enslavement
Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom. Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”. … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education