Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

July 11, 2018

Whoa!

I'm not a poet, and I try not to curse quite as much as this guy, but his analysis of whiteness is pretty spot-on.

I've been reflecting for some time on what must take the place of the conception of whiteness that is summarized so cogently in this poem. Does it mea...

September 27, 2017

Good gracious God!

Looking for a quick and easy way to tell if NFL owners really care about black lives or are just in it for the money? By extension, would you like to know a litmus test for the political maturation of the Euro-American people? When we see THIS just be...

September 13, 2017

As a professor of American history, I am under no illusions that our country's racial problems are new. Little in the headlines since Charlottesville, or since the acquittal of Philando Castile's murderer, or since the election last fall, or since the Charleston Massac...

April 8, 2017

Deflection. Deception. Disinformation. Disavowal. Duplicity.

Sadly, these appear to be the new normal in the highest offices of the honored government of my country, the United States. And there is little on the horizon to indicate anything but more of the same for a c...

December 21, 2016

Here's a new one (to me) from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Country Girl" from the album Leaving Eden (2012).

I find this song and video challenging, liberating, troublesome, thought-provoking--and a lot of fun. I'm not naive enough to think this is an accurate or com...

September 29, 2016

I was really sorry not to be able to make it to the third annual conference of the Slave Dwelling Project earlier this month in Columbia, although I'm glad that Karl McAlister, one of my colleagues from Francis Marion University and the main caretaker and docent for ou...

June 24, 2016

Dear United (for the time being) Kingdom,

Greetings from across the pond!

We heard about what happened yesterday, and we wanted to give everybody over there a few words of advice: secession, trying to make a go of it as an independent country after decades of union with...

June 15, 2016

Here's a great little documentary (less than 9 min.) about the Be a Man Club in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It profiles 16-year-old Dragan Kisin, who went from a troubled youth to a mentor for others through the influence of the Be a Man Club, a project of CARE...

February 5, 2016

Recently at the breakfast table I found my boys, ages 4 and 2, and their mama singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They know the English-language version most widely popularized by the Tokens during the folk revival of the 1960s (and brought to a new generation through t...

April 3, 2015

Linton Weeks of National Public Radio (who last summer interviewed me for a story about the Baha'i Faith as the largest religious minority in SC) has a nice piece published yesterday on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, "Let Us March on Ballot Boxes," in Kingstree,...

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