This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
You know what really gets me tight? Injustice. Unfairness. Blatant favoritism. I’ve learned to control my external reactions to these things. But sometimes, inside my belly, there’s a pissed off group of tiny little me’s of all shapes and hues howling at the perennial injustices visited upon minorities in this country. The biggest piss off … Continue reading Here’s to Ryan Lochte’s Get Out Jail Free Card
It’s been a rough week. First there was Alton Sterling. Then there was Philando Castile. Then Dallas. Death, death, and more death, and I don’t see an end. Because in order for this cycle of murder and retaliation to end, we’re all going to have to accept some hard truths. There are significant racial disparities … Continue reading The Unsavory Truth about Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas PD in the Workplace
I didn’t cry when I heard about the Orlando shooting. And for a minute there I was worried I’d become completely inured to this kind of cruelty. I barely reacted at all, none of my signature faces, no curled lips or disgusted head shaking. It was troubling. I never want to be so desensitized to … Continue reading There Will Be Blood
Being an occasionally voluble person — feel free to laugh up your sleeve at that understatement — I read with interest a piece that appeared in The Economist about how our current digital age is essentially a golden era for free speech. I wholeheartedly agree, and even if you don’t, after watching Donald Trump’s successful … Continue reading The Cost of Free ‘Trump’ Speech
A very interesting article crossed my desk this week. It detailed an incident involving Sherman Alexie – American poet, writer and filmmaker and guest editor of 2015’s Best American Poetry – and his personal and professional issues with bias over a particular poem. Continue reading “What’s in a Name? A Lot”
I’m not even being flip here. I’m serious. To all the Vester Lee Flanagan II/Bryce Williams and Dylan Roofs’ of the world, please confine your craziness to your specific situation. Do not kill people and suggest for even a moment that your deplorable actions are legit because of some past injustice to which you claim … Continue reading Can You Just Not Kill People?
First, this situation is different from Rachel Dolezal. She actually was white — and a liar on multiple fronts — and her family outed her. And let me emphasize these were members of her family who weren’t afraid to be explicitly named, and weren’t afraid to go on camera, Don Lemon. This thing with King … Continue reading Shaun King Says ‘I’m Not White’ — I Believe Him