reflections on race, religion, history & social change

September 24, 2018

1) Because I actually liked the porn she gave me as a reward.

2) Because something can feel physically good and emotionally bad at the same time.

3) Because those boys were bigger and stronger than me.

4) Because they were all my friends, and their parents were my parents...

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...

July 7, 2017

My friend, a young African American man, was beaten up by police and arrested yesterday in the Charleston area after being stopped for not using a turn signal.

A turn signal.

My friend.

Not somebody in the news.

Somebody whom I've known since he was a kid, who has been t...

April 8, 2017

Apr. 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...

September 21, 2016

Fellow white Americans:

By every conceivable measurement of human well-being, the lives of my two sons--and those of all others who look pretty much like them--are worth less to this country than those of whites.

I am so beyond parsing the details of this or that instanc...

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