Dear Senator Elizabeth Warren, As one of your constituents, I want to publicly and directly call for your help.  Not just as a passionate reformer and advocate but as someone who intimately understands the US Economy and the financial motivation that sits behind most of the deep and polarizing political entrenchment in Washington at this […]

I’ve spent the last few days in quite a bubble of privilege.  I have had the opportunity to move across country (3000+ miles) with an animal, in comfort and ease only being required to do the last 419 miles of actual driving myself; and even that was a sentimental choice based on wanting to see […]

Four words that are Not for all Cast a pall Build a wall Straight and tall Where only one side is right. Four words that Conjure an era Make nostalgia dearer Allay misplaced fear Make it clear There is only one way to be right. These same four words Erase black authority Deny brown integrity Evade […]

As a Black person,  I have my own cultural nightmares, yet every time I think of the era that descended on this country after December 7, 1941, I am physically ill.  A president like no other before or since, responded to attack with a rhetoric and acts based on unsubstantiated racialized fear, suppression and hatred aimed at innocent citizens. […]

Below is a list of slaves held by Elijah Ratliff (1787 – 1865) in 1861. Among them is my great great grandfather Graham. I hold on to this history because my grandmother told me stories about him.  He is real for me.  This is also the farthest back I can go in my black family tree. […]

  In the world he has built for himself, the presumptive Republican Nominee for President of the United States has never had to think about or navigate his own racial identity. Growing up in privilege, schooled in a regimented, segregated environment and being sent into the world with a blessing and bank account, there was […]