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.  […]

The president of the United States has worked with the government over the last 7 months the same way he has run his businesses: with total impunity.  His basic assumption seems to be that he was elected to lord over the country, like the CEO of a private company with no accountability other than to […]

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 […]

Kathy Griffin made an exceedingly poor choice as a pop culture celebrity. No child (regardless of who is their parent) should have to see their parent or an image of them murdered. Kathy Griffin did not kill anyone (not even her audience). The joke wasn’t worth it. Donald Trump has not killed anyone directly (yet) […]

LGBTQ Support for Migrant Rights…NOW! The LGBTQ machine must mobilize as an active agent of resistance to mass deportations and abuses by the current administration. In the midst of our own personal struggle, we cannot let go of our connection to the broader struggle against oppression.  #Solidarity makes us all stronger. 3.8 percent of the […]

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 […]