When those of us who identify as Middle Class are attempting to instruct those who aren’t, we are easily seduced by the knowledge that we have experiences and world understanding that they may never have. It becomes heady knowing that you are the one with the information that will change the lives of your young… Read More »
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 »
A family member suggested that my Nephew could not stay with me and my white partner because he liked to “stick with his own”. I was mortified. Putting racist,nonthinking aside, it was clear to me that people get hurt and miss out when interactions are either not made or are not deepened. Most of us… Read More »
White Supremacy has to be the greatest invention mankind has ever created. I made the decision years ago to be more powerful than this invention, remain vigilant and “awake” and stay away from self defeating paranoia. My commitment to uprooting its seductive powers is based on relentless decolonization. My obsession with the collection and use… Read More »
More than a year ago, another young black male life was snuffed out. While there was a great deal of hand wringing,tears and sadness, not a whole lot was done. Laws were not reexamined and destroyed with new ones taking their place. A murderer walked free and we all collectively shook or heads at the… Read More »
When I started my stand up comedy career over a decade ago, I often highlighted police brutality and the way things were mishandled during the Amadou Diallo murder case. While I was a good story teller, highlighting the Diallo case created a couple of very predictable responses : groans (which basically meant don’t bring this… Read More »
One of the most effective ways to ensure that racism stays intact and continues to thrive and reinvent itself is through crushing dreams and severely limiting individuals ability to imagine.
Wetbacks was the name used by my favorite uncle to describe Mexicans regardless of their immigration status.
When I was 14, my new set of parents no longer allowed us to eat spaghetti.