A short reflection on being abroad as a black man with everything happening in the US. These are ways I’ve noticed how I policed my body in order to survive, frivolous liberties I can’t enjoy, or thoughts I’ve had. White privilege is not forcing yourself to stand in the front of an elevator with others […]Read more "White Privilege is….Reflections from Abroad"
Frederick Douglass on 5 July 1852 Rochester, NY HE who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has […]Read more "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Just finished C.E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings and I am filled with many emotions. For one race plays a central role in the story from the fact that the author is a white woman to her writing about slavery and legacies of slavery (both for the descendants of the slave master and the descendants […]Read more "My Review: The Sport of Kings"
A great piece by novelist Yaa Gyasi who discusses the struggle first gen black immigrants are faced with in the United States. Though my parents, especially my father, constantly warned me about racism and my blackness I did not know what he was talking about because I lived in a predominately black area. I’m really […]Read more "I’m Ghanaian-American. Am I Black?"
I’m finally back from exam purgatory and what’s a better welcome back than discussing the paradox of black soldiers . Today’s Memorial Day, a holiday set aside to commemorate those that died in service to the ideals of the United States. Indeed, memorials are important because in theory they help societies remember the principles they were […]Read more "Black Lives Sacrificed"
Great article about the plight of black undocumented immigrants. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-undocumented-caribbean-immigrant-s-long-fight-citizenship-n557441Read more "Black & Undocumented: Caribbean Immigrant’s Long Fight for Citizenship"
Honestly after watching The People Vs OJ Simpson Johnnie Cochran was a brilliant lawyer that was able to leverage the anger stemming from the acquittal in the Rodney King beating to his advantage (special shout out to Courtney B Vance). Regardless of how you felt about the case, Cochran used the media, the aftermath of […]Read more "My Take: The People Vs OJ Simpson"