Listening to the politicians and advisers orbiting Trump as they enable, justify and excuse his “policies” reminds me of the fact that there is nothing broken or dysfunctional in our government. What we are seeing is the way our government has worked since the beginning. What the white, rich and powerful don’t want to address, […]

Yesterday, I offered a message at First Parish in Cambridge based on my thoughts around being black in white spaces.  In January, I consciously chose not to mention Black History Month until the very last Sunday of February.  I wanted to see how people responded to my not naming it.  We still brought plenty of […]

Remember…The United States was founded on the premise of wanting independence from European powers.  It was not a question of dominance, but rather a question of autonomy, self-determination and intentional isolation.  We didn’t enter WWI until the final year of armed conflict and it took the attack on our ships in Hawaii (not Hawaii itself […]

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” – The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution These words were written by a group of angry and frightened men in 1791 to enshrine in law their […]

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 […]