August 10, 2019

Galveston, Texas officers on horseback led a handcuffed Black man by a rope for six blocks to the local police station. The police officers, who are White persons, had arrested Donald Neely for criminal trespassing. Video and images captured from the incident have sparked local and national outrage. Although the police chief, a Black man, apologized, various activists continue to call for termination of the police officers’ employment. Were these police officers saving the day or riding high on racism?… Read more

August 4, 2019

A recent study in the JAMA Network Open linked the 2016 U.S. presidential election to an increase in preterm births among U.S. Latina Women. According to the researchers: Given the rhetoric and policies promised under the Trump presidential campaign, the 2016 presidential election has been proposed as a significant stressor in the lives of US immigrants, their families, and their communities, with potentially uniquely acute effects on the US Latino population…. Our results suggest that the 2016 US presidential election… Read more

July 28, 2019

A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) says that White police officers are not more likely to fatally shoot Black people. Johnson, Tress, Burkel, Taylor, and Cesario focused specifically on fatal officer-involved shootings (FOIS), not the outcomes of police officers who fire their weapons and miss or injure civilians. The investigators drew from 2015 FOIS information collected by The Washington Post and The Guardian in order to create a database that included officer race, sex, and years of professional experience. They… Read more

July 21, 2019

Over half of the U.S. Border Patrol and approximately 1/3 of ICE agents are Latino. In 2018, 10 out the 11 individuals participating in the Border Patrol citizens’ academy were Latino. Why? Answering this question has the implications for U.S. discussions and policies involving the socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, nationality, and immigration. In this post, I discuss how financial interests, historical support of the Border Patrol, historical push for White supremacy policies, and the diverse socio-political leanings of Latinos can help make… Read more

July 14, 2019

“Y’all are smoking crack!” declared sports media personality, Stephen A. Smith in response to the NBA stopping the use of the term “owner” to describe, well, franchise owners. These individuals are now called “Governors” and “alternate Governors.” Was the term  “mayor” or “senator” taken? The term “owner”  has been considered racially insensitive in a league where almost three-quarters of the players are Black. Is this announcement reflective of “smoking crack,” racial sensitivity or have they lost their racial senses over… Read more

July 7, 2019

The Mouse (Mickey Mouse) made racial waves with the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s Live action film, The Little Mermaid. On one hand, people across race celebrate increasing diversity in family entertainment. These individuals welcome expanding our perspectives to include a Black mermaid. On the other hand, numerous people express disappointment and anger that Ariel will not feature a White woman with red hair, as in the earlier Disney film. The majority of opinions about the angry… Read more

July 2, 2019

Last week marked my final week of quitting the Bible for a year. I think God might give me a crown in heaven for it-or a gold star. I feel grateful for pausing from the Bible. When I attempted to confide in certain Christians, they seized the opportunity to puff themselves up for reading the Bible. Last week was no different. Who does that? Reading the Bible or religion is not a safeguard from suffering or the ups and downs… Read more

June 25, 2019

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. By celebrated, I mean I chose to fast for the day commemorating another year of life. Before continuing, let me share a little known personal Black history fact: I am neither the first nor last person to spend her birthday fasting. I know I am not doing anything ground-breaking. As I reflected on week 51 of my year without the Bible (and, now, no longer being a Christian), I decided to explore my birthday…. Read more

June 22, 2019

During an outdoor walk this week, I watched a scene unfold on the path ahead of me. On the left, I saw a white woman with her toddler, enjoying the sunny reprieve from the rain. To my right, I peered a black woman, who either ignored or disregarded the leash regulations, sitting on the ground with her midsize off-leash poodle/retriever mix dog. (I have a “thing” about people following the leash regulations in these shared spaces. I shall refrain from… Read more

June 18, 2019

Are you honest with your emotions, or do you tend to stuff them down or store them away? Last week, during a phone conversation with an acquaintance, a particular situation that has been assisting me with new ways of expanding my patience (in other words, trying nerves I did not think existed), hit a new low. We momentarily ended the conversation, so I could attend to the matter. While I communicated with the central figure orchestrating this miserable and unethical… Read more

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