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…

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.