“Racism is not always conscious, explicit, or readily visible—often it is systemic and structural. Systemic and structural racism are forms of racism that are pervasively and deeply embedded in systems, laws, written or unwritten policies, and entrenched practices and beliefs … Continue reading Racism 101: How We Entered the Eye of the Storm
It was 59 years ago that Dr. ML King, Jr. declared from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, that we had come to cash a check marked insufficient funds. But we refused to believe that the bank of justice is … Continue reading Has That Check Cleared Yet?
Back when I was in elementary school in the early 60’s, we started the day with pledging allegiance to the American flag, that is, except for a Muslim kid whose family were members of the Nation of Islam. Although I … Continue reading One Nation, Under God?
As a missionary, I spent 14 summers on Navajo Reservations. These were some of the richest and most memorable experiences of my life. I was fortunate enough to learn of a world that was vastly absent from the history books … Continue reading Shape Shifters
More than 4,000 Black people have been lynched in the United States of America, and those states have largely stood united in terrorizing and demonizing Blacks since its inception. These lynchings have been an acceptable part of American society. This … Continue reading America’s Strange Fruit
Trees that produce fruit, which produce seeds, which produce trees, which produce fruit, which provides seeds, which produce more fruit-bearing trees. And so on and so forth. This cycle of life continues. Healthy trees healthy fruit, which can then produce … Continue reading Tree Bearing Fruit
Those who seek your oppression will always demonize those who seek your liberation. When the Griots of the African culture sat down to share the history of the tribe, it was the duty of the listeners to internalize these … Continue reading Bright Lights from Our Past Illuminate our Path
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Truth sets us free from the shackles which bind our intellect. Truth delivers us from unhealthy and destructive biases. Truth frees the soul to fellowship … Continue reading “You Can’t Handle the Truth!”
“Dred Scott Decision — On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, of the United States Supreme Court, declared that ‘The negro has no rights which the white man is bound to respect’; in a decision to deny a … Continue reading They Shoot Dreamers Don’t They?