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February 27, 2017
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
and Our Rumbling Nation
This is an age of the world when nations are trembling and convulsed. A mighty...
October 18, 2016
Creative Tension in the White Imagination
Tension Isn’t Usually Pretty A Facebook video shows a deputy sheriff getting in the face...
June 01, 2016
The Arab of the Future
I snuck into a chair while a friend was describing how growing up under a...
September 09, 2015
What’s Wrong with this Picture?
Underlying what's wrong with this picture is where it resides. Not in a museum of...
June 01, 2015
Charlie Hebdo and the Inner Soul of Humor
My friend Justin Smith recently wrote a piece for Harper’s Magazine. Justin is a brilliant...
April 01, 2015
Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché
In the air, on the air, tunneling through cables, conquering newsrooms, occupying the mouths of...
January 20, 2015
The Birmingham Project
I was looking into the eyes of a black girl around thirteen years old. She...
January 16, 2015
It’s Time to Derail the Gravy Train
Earlier this week we saw yet again what happens when thousands of the unemployed, living...
January 05, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter to Poets
Poets are rising to the cause, hands raised ("Don't shoot!") but hands also holding pencils...
December 16, 2014
The Regrettably Pretty Shoes: A St. Louis Story
Guest post by Linda Wendling I love St. Louis. I love Ferguson. My whole family...
June 13, 2014
Can We Bridge the Racial Divide?
Recently, after I’d just watched the documentary about food deserts called A Place at the...
January 21, 2014
My Personal History of U.S. Race Relations
On Martin Luther King Day, I mused about how my relation to African-Americans has been...
November 06, 2013
Set the Captive Free
I read my friend Dyana’s Art House America essay about her brother “definitely going to...
August 28, 2013
The March on Washington: A Personal Anniversary
Guest Post By Christine A. Scheller “Many of our white brothers…have come to realize...
August 08, 2013
Black Boy, 2013
One of my boys is reading Richard Wright’s Black Boy for his English class this...
August 05, 2013
The American Divide
This is not an essay about politics but I have to begin with politics because...
June 28, 2013
Remembering Deacon Patenotte
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at more or less the same time that I was...
March 25, 2013
The New Improved Golden Rule
Our neighbor Jack is a retired widower. He goes to a mainline Baptist church. It’s...
February 24, 2013
Living in a Border State
I spent elementary school in a Mexican neighborhood in Austin, Texas. I attended birthday parties...
October 17, 2012
Don’t Cry for Me, Bethesda
Awhile back, a well-meaning (and very successful) friend said to me, “I just wish we...
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