“One of the most damning legacies of white supremacy was not just the way it terrorized us with impunity and devalued us by denying our citizenship and disrespecting us by assaulting our dignity, it was also how it wounded our minds and wounded our souls and wounded our bodies. Any conception of God, (James) BaldwinContinue reading “Diminishing the Black voice and life”
We don’t mind “white rage.” It gets us, as whites, back in control. We can then call it “proper political discourse” or something nice like that. Black rage? We, as whites, consider that dangerous.
It is a hard read. We, as white people, have nothing on the line. George Floyd, in “our book,” is over. We read a couple of books by actual black authors a couple of years ago. So… why read another “hard book?”
This was the question pushed at Danté Stewart when he began to speak out in white spaces on the pain of the black community.
Danté Stewart’s book, Shoutin’ in the Fire, tells a story we need to hear. It’s completely uncomfortable and we, as whites, really don’t like that. His story is real. We are too capable of walking away from tough realities.
Brian Flores was fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the season. He was still a hot commodity and was lined up to interview with several teams who had vacancies. Now, he has filed suit against the NFL for what goes unsaid but gets practiced all the time: The NFLContinue reading ““Poverty” isn’t always about dollar signs.”
80 years ago a 90 minute meeting produced the Holocaust. On Jan. 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking officials of the Nazi bureaucracy met in a villa on Lake Wannsee on the western edge of Berlin. Nibbles were served and washed down with cognac. There was only one point on the agenda: “The organizational, logistical and materialContinue reading “A chilling anniversary”
We just celebrated MLK Day and I am reminded once again, here is “Sweet Home Alabama” that when people down here wish people would “get over” things, like the notion of “racism”… that’s not easily done by those very same folks.
I began my meditations here. Some further thoughts as I keep working my way through this classic piece.
I am working my way through the letter Dr. King wrote in 1963 and started HERE. More notes from my walk through the letter this year.