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 [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 [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 [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…]

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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]


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