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...]

Hated Tide: The Real Reason you hate Alabama and Mika Brzezinski

Though not blessed with any children of my own, I am the proud aunt of 5 red headed little boys and the reluctant one of a blond pre-teen. Don't get me wrong, I love all of my nephews but my oldest nephew, Nathan and I have not seeing eye to eye for the last year.My two oldest nephews, Nathan, 12 and Zack, 10 are the sports fans of the group of 6. When I married into the family four years ago, I was given instant Aunt-cred because unlike the other women in the family, I loved sports as … [Read More...]

Ebola Crazy

Masking our Faith: Ebola, Dallas, and the Church

Dateline: October 19, 2014—Dallas, TexasAs of now, I am happy to report that the Zombie apocalypse is controlled.You laugh (I hope), but after three weeks of living at “ground zero” for Ebola in the United States, you would have thought that the “Walking Dead” were parading down Interstate 35. Usually Dallas doesn’t get this worked up for anything other than a Cowboys victory in December, an impending ice storm, or the OU/Texas game. But Lord have mercy, the mix of black people, black peo … [Read More...]


Sorry Mrs. Rice, We Just Don’t Care: Hypocrisy and Domestic Violence

Dear Mrs. Rice:I thought I would write to tell you how sorry I am for your troubles. I am not even sure if “troubles” really sums up where you are right now in your life’s journey. Compounding the horror of being knocked out and dragged about like a piece of trash by a man who says he loves you is the fact that the act is forever documented by the wonders of technology for your children, friends, family, and total strangers to see. The restraint it must take to remain silent as pundits, TV sh … [Read More...]


Me and Michael Brown’s Mama — Nothing in Common

When I first saw her on television I knew that we had nothing in common. As I watched the tattooed woman with the bright colored shell top mourning her son, her peroxide dyed hair: two toned, parted down the middle reminded me of the sisters I would see rolling into Sally’s to get the color their girl was going to use in their “kitchen shop” later that night. She was a teenage mother, who raised her child in her mama’s house. An "around the way" sister, I knew that she would be one of those chick … [Read More...]

No Offense: Hating Black History Month

I’ve written this blog about 4 times. Yet each time at its end,  I hit the delete button. It was too honest. It was too raw. Most of all, for a piece on race and the church, it was waaaay to militant. And if I learned anything in my entire integrated life, nothing makes white folks more nervous than a militant black person, especially when its one of those potentially angry black women.I can’t lie. My emotions got the best of me as I contemplated the hypocrisy of another Black History Month. … [Read More...]

A Dream Deferred: Christopher,Terrell, Trayvon and the Outrage of Silence

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr. . My good friend, colleague, and fellow Patheos blogger, Alyce McKenzie asked me earlier this week, “why is there so much time between your blog posts?” I explained that I don’t like to blog just to blog. I have to feel passionate or pissed off to write and lately nothing had risen to the level of pissi … [Read More...]