Ask a simple question… Get a non answer and a dismissive insult about my faith.  That was my experience when asking a question yesterday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCFALC 19) during a session about the black church response to youth suicide and mental health.  The discussion was an interesting blend […]

…the right to be an individual. My blackness is more than slavery. My blackness is a 400 year battle for human rights: The right to family The right to property The right to education The right to citizenship The right to self defense The right to vote The right to housing The right to health […]

As I stood on the forward upper deck of the ship looking toward New York Harbor, I felt a great sense of relief.  The crossing had been incredibly difficult, and both the ship and the crew were significantly worse for the wear…but we were almost there. The year was 1995 and I was part of […]

Too often the power of the US Constitution has not come from what it actually says but rather from the underlying perspectives and assumptions that were made by its 18th Century authors: White men are superior to all other beings. Women are invisible and subject to the whim of (free white) men. Blacks are not […]

Donald Trump is not a racist. Donald Trump is the love child that results from the orgy of Reaganomics, the 1994 Crime Bill, Clarence Thomas, Citizens United and the century-long defeat of anti-lynching legislation. Mitch McConnell is the midwife. Donald Trump is not a bigot.  Donald Trump is unworldly and ignorant about race, ethnicity, colonial […]