How We Say Your Name

Tamir Rice. 12-years-old. Tamir Rice threw a snowball up — watched it fall. Tamir Rice, black child, surrounded by white snow. ‘What is that in your hand?’ no one asked. He got three seconds: the first, his trial – the second, deliberation – the third, a verdict. Guilty. Innocent. Irrelevant. Tamir Rice dead, and violated…

Twisted Dreams of Africa

If you want to see Africa, for the love of god, please don’t watch the Taylor Swift “Wildest Dreams” music video. Watch this one instead, Congolese artist Baloji’s latest, which is an “ode to the struggle, the resilience” of the Congolese people and shows striking footage of the artist on a road trip through Kinshasa…

Aylan

Aylan “I don’t want anything else from this world. Everything I was dreaming of is gone. I want to bury my children and sit beside them until I die.” – Abdullah Kurdi Whose crisis is this whose child whose deadly voyage My daughter is almost his age The other day when a small bruise appeared…

Growing up with Scout

Yes, it’s painful and sad to read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (Oh, Jem) — even worse to read this NYTimes review that reveals “Atticus Finch is a racist”, plain and simple. Just as grown-up Scout/Jean-Louise has to face that the idealized childhood vision of her father isn’t real (or is…

Who We Are

What happened in Charleston is the convergence of two of the most grotesque and horrific things about America — gun violence and racial hatred. Neither one is inevitable, but every time it happens there is “shock”, denial, and willful avoidance of what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again.

Whose Lives Matter

24 November 2014 – A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the white policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen Around the country cities roil, surging with an ache and a cry, descendants of chains, of hopes, of hangings, of sit-ins, sons and daughters of…