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 [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 [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 [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. [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

Florida Juice: Thoughts Before the Trayvon Verdict

One of the best things about being in Europe the last month and a half is that I have been shut off from the 24-hour news cycle that has become American journalism. Consequently, other than my daily check-in of NBC.com, NYTimes.com, and ESPN, most of the last 80 days of my life have been filled [Read More…]

Saying Grace: Paula Deen, Progressives, and Race

I am sure that it had to be hard for them. After all, it was clear that they were going to have to explain to their African American professor why going to Brixton was so uncomfortable. I had seen that look many times before. The search for the right words; the really right words that [Read More…]

Unchecked: Why you should vote for Obama and why I won’t

I am a daughter of the American South. My family story is like many African American families who chose to stay in the South rather than head to the North or the West in the Great Migration. Settling near the very plantations where they were slaves, we were a family of preachers, teachers, pullman porters, [Read More…]


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