Progressives Playing with Fire: Mad Methodists, Berners, & the Myth of Prophetic Arson

It could be that after three days with the combo of strep throat and the flu, my fever finally broke. It could be that the end of the semester is finally here. It could be that now that Scandal isn't coming back on for at least 6-8 months, I can pay more attention. Whatever it is, why ever it is, Here it is: I AM TIRED OF ALL YOU PROGRESSIVE BULLIES. Berners, Bernistas, Methodists with an Agenda, all of you.For months on end, anyone who would listen has been subjected to your self-righteous … [Read More...]

A Half Century of Being Black in America: A letter to my children

My babies:Today, I turn 50 years old. I have just come from turning off your lights, placing Doc McStuffins in the bed, and fretting over if this will be a 'dry night'.I can't believe that I am writing this to you. Just three months ago, you weren't in my life. You were a prayer, myth, and point of incompletion. Your absence somehow seemed to be an indictment of my ambition and drive toward excellence. My punishment for listening to the tapes of a world that despised my very existence … [Read More...]

Butterscotch Ann Coulter? A Love Note to Stacey Dash and BET

Dear Stacey:I've wanted to catch up with you for a while. Matter of fact you've been on my mind constantly. Now I have got to admit, I didn't know much was going on with you till Gabby Union called you out, but even then I really didn't know it had gotten as deep as it has. But when I saw that Anthony Anderson called you "Ann Coulter dipped in Butterscotch," I was like 'damn, Gina.'I need you to know that I am not going to jump on the bandwagon of questioning your motives, loyalty, or … [Read More...]

No You Can’t: Rules for White People and Halloween Parties (and other social engagements)

I don’t usually do public service announcements. Its not my job and frankly as my husband and I get ready to welcome three pre-schoolers into our home (yea!) my turn to motherhood has kept me quite busy. But, every year around Halloween, Fall Formals, and other theme parties, many of my lighter hue (read: White folks) friends, colleagues, and students get into trouble for what they in the aftermath will claim was an “innocent mistake.”Look, while everyone has the freedom of speech, no one has … [Read More...]

Hurricane Katrina: The Day that Uncle Sam Died

For all my bluster of critical scholar this and critical scholar that, I am a pretty normal American. The Star-Spangled Banner always moves me to tears; I watch the Olympics with a red,white, and blue bias; and not so long ago,  I believed in the fundamental strength of my government to take care of its people in a time of trouble.Even 9/11 didn't dent my childlike belief in Uncle Sam. Yeah, I knew we had our problems, I wasn't that blind. I knew that racism was real and income inequality w … [Read More...]

Waffle House and the McKinney Police: A Runaway writes home

"I do know this. It's the things we run from that hurt us the most." ― Norma Johnston  I am beginning to crave Waffle House. It usually happens about 2 or 3 weeks in my time in London. I miss a lot of things about home, especially the cute red-head that shares my house. But when I got on that plane back in May, right after graduation, I knew one thing for certain: I wanted to get the hell out of Dallas. I wanted to get out of the United States. I was running away.I love teaching i … [Read More...]

Dissenting Opinions on “A Teachable Moment” Part II: “Missing the big picture” by Dr. Stephanie Martin

Today's guest blogger is my colleague, SMU Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephanie (Sam) Martin.  After a 'warm' conversation in my office, I invited her to share her thoughts in this blog post.  Look for me to take my blog back over later this week.... enjoy!_________________________________________________________________________________It is a strange contradiction: In a free society like the United States, free speech is sometimes one of the hardest things to defend. In part, I think t … [Read More...]

Dissenting Opinions on “A Teachable Moment” Part I: “Not My Lesson to Teach” by Shanelle Little

To say that I have been surprised by the response to last week's blog is an understatement. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that it would spark the conversation and controversy that it did. While a number of readers from across the United States and around the world (still amazing) voiced their appreciation for my views--I did hear the voices of those who believed I totally missed the point (some of those letters were like getting my teaching evaluations early--ouch!).Since I believe … [Read More...]

A Teachable Moment: How OU failed Transformation 101

I am a college professor. It is an essential part of my identity. Yes, I research, publish (not as much as I should), and consult but nothing gives me greater joy than my interactions with my students. Teaching, particularly the motley crew of pre-adults known as the 18-21-year-old demographic, is the means of grace by which I offer myself to God and the world.Pre-adults. That’s who and what they are. When they enter our classrooms, many of them have never formed an independent thought of t … [Read More...]

Damn Barack….

It was by all standards of oral communication, a magnificent performance. Passionate, clear, and responsive to the context of the moment, the President was truly in "the zone." As he ticked off item after item, on his "Middle Class" political agenda, the collective "Amen" from the Democratic base grew from a whisper to an outright shout. Community College for all? That's right! Affordable Child Care? You better work! Paid sick leave? Don't hurt'em Hammer!By the end of his 6500 word speech, I … [Read More...]