It may go without saying Upon seeing my brown face That I will always And emphatically insist that Black Lives Matter. I have heard the arguments And listened patiently to the counterpoint Knowing I am neither heard Nor understood, in the wind of the flatulent rebuttal, “all lives….” But really, this isn’t about black lives […]

Another unarmed man shot for being black and having something in his hands.  Again, police feeling threatened and ending a life with no proof or cause. #StephonClark #SayHisName The problem is guns. It’s not about good guys or bad guys.  It’s not about “rights”.  It’s not about safety.  It’s not even completely about race. Human […]

I’m going to go out on a limb here.  What if Donald Trump is like a modern day Martin Luther?  What if the message he is putting in the world (mistrust, fear, isolation, dispassionate individualism) is the dawn of an entirely new era in Western civilization?  What if the social convulsions he has prompted ultimately have […]

CALL FOR SOLIDARITY AGAINST ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE: If your spiritual gathering place has a bell, as the minister of First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist*, I encourage you to join a growing number of faith communities and ring it on SUNDAY October 8 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EST (or […]

The poet in me can’t resist the significance of knees in this week’s episode of America: 400 Years of Racial and Ethnic Culture in Conflict.  First there is the gesture itself: kneeling.  This is what people do when they propose marriage, what they do when they surrender, it is a universally accepted gesture of homage.  […]

Democracy before decency… Jefferson’s greatest deed Sealed in the American creed that “All men are created equal” Too often holds these truths to be self-evident: That “men” exclusively means “male” And “equal” is only painted from the palette of white skin And being “created” is synonymous with an individual right to material wealth. Democracy before […]