When It Comes to Human Rights for Black People, Little Things Count

There are a lot of little things happening right now that may seem small or insignificant compared to the larger work that needs to be done to remove obstacles to Black Americans ability to grow and prosper in this country, but they’re not unimportant. I’m talking about things like knocking down confederate monuments because why … Continue reading When It Comes to Human Rights for Black People, Little Things Count

What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

One of my oldest friends has a service job, work truck, hard hat, uniform, the whole bit. He often has to visit people at their home to do prep work before they start major projects that require digging and potentially hitting power, gas, and cable lines. He’s told me stories about white women watching him … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

You Want an Immediate Way to Fight the Battle for Black Lives? Buy Black

I don’t like protests. I understand them, the rage, emotion, the history and everything else that fuels such demonstrations. They do create awareness and solidarity, and I believe they have some value. But I don’t want Black people to focus their energy there. The country is up in arms right now because of George Floyd’s … Continue reading You Want an Immediate Way to Fight the Battle for Black Lives? Buy Black

Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of Inaction, Injustice and Tragedy Porn for Black People

So, the past week has been interesting. I say interesting because everything that’s been happening should have already happened on or immediately after February 23, 2020. That’s the day Ahmaud Arbery was murdered while taking a jog in Georgia. But it was only this week that his murderers, father and son Gabriel and Travis McMichael, … Continue reading Ahmaud Arbery and the Legacy of Inaction, Injustice and Tragedy Porn for Black People

In the Age of the ‘Rona It’s Mask or Die: But If You’re a Black Man, Apparently It’s Complicated

I was out for one of the two walks I’ll take today when I saw an older black man get extremely startled. He was edging his lawn and didn’t see a woman walking behind him in the street until she was quite close. Not too close, mind, but he jumped so hard, I was startled, … Continue reading In the Age of the ‘Rona It’s Mask or Die: But If You’re a Black Man, Apparently It’s Complicated

What to Do When You’re #blackAF and a Walking, Hilarious Stereotype

Okay, so I started watching #blackAF because who wouldn’t want to watch a Netflix original series about a family of black people struggling with something other than sports injuries, being broke, abuse, being chased by police, drugs, booze, sex or gambling addiction, and/or trying to survive in the face of unreasonable and irrational hardship. Yeah! … Continue reading What to Do When You’re #blackAF and a Walking, Hilarious Stereotype