An Analogy for Racial Inequality in America

The various forms of disadvantages faced by the African-American community today are the direct consequence of America’s past and present struggle with racism. When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I was given a simple analogy to explain these inequalities…

Reflections on the death throes of Trumpism

What exactly did we all see yesterday? Why did thousands of Trump supporters engage in a violent attack on the most sacred symbol of American democracy? Was their sacking of the US Capitol Building an expression of righteous indignation, patriotism, and duty to…

For a moment we were all Americans

It was my second week as a Ph.D. student. I had gotten over the initial jitters of being a new teaching assistant, meeting my professors, and engaging an entirely new level of work. Overcoming some significant struggles and hurdles, I was settling into…

A Juneteenth reminder that “Knowledge is Power”

This is both a somber and exciting moment in Black history as we mark the 155th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. It is a somber moment as we remember the generations of African-Americans who suffered for 200 years…

Sometimes sorry isn’t enough….

So, one of my many shortcomings is a tendency to hold a grudge. Having grown up mostly on my own I came to see the few friends I had as the most important things in my life. Conversely, I tend never to forget individuals who played…

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