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 week ago I went to Charleston, South Carolina for the 8th Biennial Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora conference. When I found out the conference was going to be in Charleston I was hesitant and uncomfortable considering that this past June nine innocent black people were murdered at the Mother Emmanuel […]Read more "A City Paved in Blood"
So someone commented on the news article about people moving out of NJ and said “white flight makes ghettos” which says many things. 1) he assumed only white people are moving out of Jersey because of high property taxes which suggest that blacks and Latinos do not own houses and 2) the scare tactic that […]Read more "Quick Note on New Jersey, Housing, and Vestiges of Segregation"
This morning as I woke up I continued in the tradition that black people have been participating in since the days of slavery, I woke up with freedom on my mind. Maybe one day one of my descendants will wake up and not have to worry about the racial issues in the world but I […]Read more "Waking Up"
Don’t worry I am not disclosing anything about the case, which I barely remember. Jury duty has become the scorn of many for its inconvenience in our lives but it is a requirement that all US citizens have the privilege to participate in. The concept of being judged by ones peers is very noble but […]Read more "What my First Time on Jury Duty Taught me about the Law and Race in America"
I don’t even know where to begin with this. Darren Wilson was not indicted in the murder of Michael Brown last night and though I expected this, I am still and will always be angry about it. When George Zimmerman got away with the murder of Trayvon Martin I felt distraught because I still had […]Read more "The Death (and Rebirth) of Hope"