Please Teach Him to Stay His Hand

Dear Mother of a Son, a little boy who will someday grow up to be a White Man, I’m writing to you today because I’m in mourning. For the second time in too many months, a White Man got away with killing an innocent, unarmed young Black boy. I know that Jordan Davis was 17…

[Quiet Thoughts] Santa’s “Race” is Magic

Photo: An unfortunately blurry picture of a Black Santa figurine that I gave to a former friend some years ago. All of my Christmas stuff is packed up, otherwise, I’d show off a Black Santa of my own. I’m really looking forward to amassing a large collection of Santas of Color as the years go…

Monday Morning Blues

Photo: The precious tushies of both of my sons have always been covered with Pampers Diapers. When you are as crazy-busy as I am, it’s nice to know that at least the diapers are going to work. Rarely has Pampers failed me, and usually when they do, it’s my fault. So I’m usually happy to…

A Little Devil in Us All

Photo credit: Wikipedia “Wow, you had your dad come down here to tell on me? That’s such a nigger thing to do.” It was the day after my father, a six-foot-four, two hundred and fifty pound Black man, came down to the neighborhood pool to have a friendly chat. Speaking very politely with the tanned,…

A Plea From the Silent (and Invisible) Majority

Photo credit: Odenton Patch  A picture of a neighborhood similar to where the student in my story lived. When I was student teaching outside of Fort Meade, Maryland, there was a Black teacher on my grade-level team who asked if she could take me on a field trip after work. “For what?” I asked her–I…

Open Season On My Sons

Photo: You see that hoodie now and you think it’s precious. At what age does that preciousness fade away? Every child is precious: Born with incredible potential and beauty. They are born with untarnished honor and worth. Every one of their actions considered to be the most important on earth. Children are a privileged class–and…

New Blood, Old Blood, and What Makes America So Damned Special

Photo: The American side of Niagara Falls. Taken during our first anniversary trip. We stayed on the Canadian side for most of the trip. ( I mean, have you seen that view?) I’m feeling a little patriotic this week. I love history and politics, I love pomp and circumstance, and I have a deep appreciation for…

Oh Icarus, If Only We’d Read Your Story…

    What an incredible week for this republic that I love so dearly. It is incredible that we are in such a thick and prolonged cultural war in this country, and that we’re still debating equality and liberty for groups of people under the law. While I’m elated about the destruction of DOMA, and…

No, It’s Not “Only” The N-Word

Photo Credit: NPR   Wow, it took 99 posts, but here we go. I have to break it out. Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network and “only” for admitting to using that troublesome word, nigger. I’m not going to censor this word. If you are squeamish about the word nigger, go on ahead and…

Believe It Or Not: Interracial Families are Normal!

I stopped in my tracks when I noticed the beautiful little girl in the new Cheerios commercial. I thought to myself “aww, isn’t she cute.” Then I noticed the white woman in the commercial, and I turned up the sound on my TV. Is that her mom? I wondered… then it all made sense when…