Power and who gets to have and wield it often get a bad rap. Power and its direct offshoot, leadership, are not valued by people who have been victimized by powerful people. I am very concerned with who gets listened to and why and why more of this type of inequality is not more scrutinized… Read More »
Passion is for teenagers and foreigners. Marge Simpson Americans do not like nor understand passion. As a nation, our responses to passionate individuals includes excommunication and if this does not hinder the passionate individual, there is also death. As a passionate person, my motivations and sense of urgency are often looked upon with suspicion, disgust… Read More »
Whenever I have taught children, there has been an obsession with safety. This was a statement I made four years ago when I wrote an essay about people and their insane, irrational fear of being around children. Men need children. Children need men. While all men shouldn’t or have no desire to be around children,… Read More »
Most black folks who love, respect and need the approval and validation of their families don’t spend much time challenging the wisdom and insight of their elders. When we are depressed, Big Momaisms tell us to get something on our stomachs (let big momma make you a cake); pray to Jesus (turn over all rational… Read More »
Social Networking, although assumed by many to be a waste of time, is an effective tool in creating and maintaining social change. These days so many wonderful people are doing so many wonderful things. It is my curiosity and desire to learn how people are not only getting their personal messages into the world but… Read More »
When you spend a great deal of time on the net, it is fascinating and somewhat sobering to realize that there is another individual at another computer reading your diatribes and spouting their own brand of brilliance. Recently, I spoke with someone about how immigration reform continues to affect them. I was unaware of the… Read More »
As the unwitting poster child for both racism and social change with the possibilty of what human beings are capable of, Alabama has an interesting history regarding race issues and social change.
In our world, there is much concern with reality. Reality, in so many situations is concerned with being negative. We can often times accept negativity, the belief that something awful will happen. For many of us, the awful, the dreadful, seems highly more likely. What if we have it completely wrong?
I write this essay as a direct response to all of the drama surrounding the belief, statistically factually proven or not, that the black folks in our great state of California overwhelmingly voted for Prop 8.