http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtAAeyswlHM History is repeating itself right before our eyes and we cannot look away. Now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand or to take a sick day. We need to show up with our story and perspective ready to share and ready to accept the story of another. All ears… Continue reading All Lives Matter?
It is a trending hash tag. #Alllivesdidntmatter is the new response to persons who have quipped "All lives matter" to the Black Lives Matter movement and message. It is a national conversation on race being played out on social media. The hash tag serves as a frustrating reminder as it seems that there are those who… Continue reading All Lives Don’t Matter
I must confess that I am not a fan of Black Entertainment Television, also known as BET. I cannot understand the stereotypical depiction and degradation of African American bodies billed as entertainment; for me, the name is duplicitous. And I don't need to be entertained by these messages and images. But, I digress. This morning, when a coworker, who does… Continue reading Jesse Williams’s BET acceptance speech is a poetic confirmation
More than a chant or a hash tag, it cannot be argued that Black Lives Matter is a movement, putting pressure on social structures that continue to value some lives more than others. Eerily similar to the declaration "I am a man" made during the Civil Rights Movement, I, along with so many others, cannot… Continue reading Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter
While my writings seek to aid us in the ministry of reconciliation as we must view race differently, it cannot be said often enough that there is much work to be done. If we are to have healthy cross- cultural relationships, we must communicate authentically. If we are to stand in unity, then the ground… Continue reading United Nations working group calls for reparations for African Americans
I am in a place that I had not anticipated and certainly could not have prepared for. It is the same feeling that I had after the shooting of nine bowed heads at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015. Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter, had hoped to start a race… Continue reading Before we say, ‘I forgive you’
The dash cam video of the October 20, 2014 shooting of 17 year old Mr. Laquan McDonald was released last night. While there is no record of the sound of their interactions, the results are the same. This time, an African American male is shot 16 times. Sixteen times... He had a knife in his hand… Continue reading Where will Chicago go from here?