White Privilege is….Reflections from Abroad

​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 […]

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The Death of My Teenage Naïveté

I like President Obama. I really do. I think Michelle is the best First Lady I will ever see in my lifetime and that Sasha and Malia are so blessed to have two great parents in their lives. They are truly the best first family I’ve seen in my life. Nonetheless, my relationship with President […]

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With Liberty and Justice for All [sic]

That Justice is a blind goddess Is a thing to which we black are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes It has been another trying week as a black man in the U.S. This morning the state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby filed charges against six Baltimore Police Officers. […]

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The State of the Black Union Remains Stagnant

President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech last night and it was a great demonstration of his oratory skills that made many get swept up by his charm during his 2008 campaign. The speech started off very strong and hard driving home Obama’s accomplishments with healthcare reform and lowering the unemployment […]

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You’d Think MLK’s Birthday Would Make a difference

On Dr. King’s 86th birthday the actor who finally portrayed him on the big screen and the black woman who told his story were not nominated for individual Oscars is ironic. Or maybe not really because Hollywood does this all the time with deserving black stories. This movie that comes at the beginning of this […]

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2014: A Year in Review

This year has been a roller coaster no just because of all that I have accomplished but because of all that has happened in our world. I started 2014 knowing that I would graduate from college and hopefully make it to a PhD history program. I did not know that I would have the opportunity […]

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Yes, Even Antonio Martin’s Life Mattered

So late last night Antonio Martin was shot by Berkeley Police in Berkeley, Missouri only a few miles from Ferguson. The officers said that Martin pulled a gun on them and that is why he was shot. I am not here to debate if Martin had a gun or not or propose any conspiracy theories […]

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