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 […]

In 1890 W.E.B. DuBois delivered a commencement address at Harvard[1] in which he tackled the issue of the impact that leadership has on society. He brilliantly foreshadows the work of Martin Buber’s Ich und Du (I and Thou – 1923). More importantly, his words ring ominously true today as we start 2017 in the United […]

This is what it feels like to be amidst a crumbling empire. It feels like a gaping hole where your sense of security should be. It feels like the realization that it is not a “few bad apples” but the whole rancid orchard. It feels like being told to remain “nice” to protect someone’s fragility while […]

A Poem in (the) Twitter Verse* Racism is not just about white people and non-white people hating. It is about who has “race”. In the United States, there are “un-raced” bodies and “e-raced” bodies. E-raced means there’s a social algorithm that makes your color, culture, religion and customs an opaque burden. Un-raced means your color, […]

Never before in the history of our country has male sexual privilege and priority been so nakedly on display.  The second presidential debate will not be about the close listening that Clinton has done to those who supported her Deomcratic rivals, nor will it be about Clinton’s sponge-like absorption of the real issues facing black and brown […]