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…

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…