The Rodney King Beating- Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago, on May 1st, Rodney Glen King called a press conference and called for calm. On March 3, 1991, he was the victim of police brutality. It had been recorded by a neighbor in a nearby apartment— before the recording of unarmed African American people during traffic stops was a thing. I was […]

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Juneteenth: A Reminder of “White Denial”

Juneteenth. It’s now a federal holiday and goes by many names: Juneteenth, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Freedom Day. Its government name is Juneteenth National Independence Day though some Republican lawmakers disagreed with the name, believing it created more division. Still, most of the fourteen Republican members of the House of Representatives who voted […]

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For Ahmaud Arbery: I’ve got to run

The news has a cycle but I still run in a circle.  Most days, I lace up my running shoes, stretch and shake my legs out before running around a homemade track around a pond.  I run to work out problems.  I run down leads on ideas.  I run to reflect on my life and […]

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When ‘Satan Goes to a Prayer Meeting’

I love prayer. Despite the popularity of social media, status updates and tweets do not compare to sharing a prayer request with God. There is no better connection. The fact that we can be in direct dialogue with the Divine, a kind of call and response between heaven and earth, amazes me. I delight in […]

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Understanding Race

I am continuing to explore the varied definitions and understandings of race in hopes of getting to the root of our tensions concerning it.  I want to disprove them all.  Ultimately, it is my desire to rid the social construct of its illusions and mystery by pinning it down with concrete descriptors.  It is important […]

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