The prior post consisted of quotes that were decades old. Here, contemporary Black commentators attempt to penetrate the wall of white deafness. I encourage you to read with a fresh openness: "....And no, they ain't in love with your mouth.... What you say out of it they will not heed. What you scream from it… Continue reading Listen Up!!
(If you wondered: an injury has kept me off the keyboard, so this post is a week late, and abbreviated.) I’m listing some quotes here from Black people. You may have “heard” these before. I invite you to read them as if for the first time. Allow the words to penetrate. I’ll begin with some… Continue reading In Their Own Words….
In presentations or workshops I’ve led, I’ve often referred to the benefit my family received from the G.I. Bill after WWII, allowing my parents to purchase a home. I’ve cited this as one example of white privilege, since only 2% of returning African-American veterans were able to take advantage of that Bill. The value of… Continue reading “Urban Renewal in ROC” – A Very Personal Account
I’ve invited a Rochester realtor to describe for us how segregation is maintained in the ROC area housing market. He has asked for anonymity since he continues to work with the inspectors involved. Background note: The Section 8 housing program, administered by Federal Housing and Urban Development, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to… Continue reading Redlining Still Lives in ROC
In a flashback to prior times, a bi-partisan consensus just prior to the new year resulted in the passage of the First Step Act. This Bill begins to chip away at a justice system that has been dubbed an “injustice” system. The cost had become so egregious – in people terms and money terms –… Continue reading Strange Bedfellows for Reform