This is a post that I drafted nearly a week ago, before the public disclosure of the death of Daniel Prude, literally at the hands of Rochester police officers. His death was officially ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner. I’ve added a postscript with current thoughts. Emotions run high and hot when police reform… Continue reading “Defund the Police” vs. “Re-Allocate”
My editor, Mary Heveron-Smith, encountered some racist push-back recently. She published a response in the Webster Online News and Opinions Blog, and I am reprinting that here with her permission: Dear Woman Who Drove by the “Black Lives Matter” Webster, NY Rally This Summer and Yelled at Us: Here’s what you missed by not stopping… Continue reading A Wise Response to an Ignorant Person
Late May, I posted "Beyond the Pandemic: Charity vs. Justice (Part I)". Then: George Floyd, protests, public outcry. So many minds suddenly tweaked, seeing as if for the first time that “This shit is real!” and in turn, blowing the minds of the people who have been trying to tell us this for - well,… Continue reading Charity Vs. Justice Part II: Toxic Charity
Occasionally, I’m asked this question: “What do Black people think about _________?” Fill in the blank - with anything. I won’t answer the question. One obvious reason is that I’m not Black! More importantly, the question presumes that all People of Color think alike! I’ve come to view this presumption that all Black people think… Continue reading Black Culture: No One-Size-Fits-All
I'm resurrecting a blog post from the past (slightly modified). Two reasons: I've gained several hundred subscribers who would not have seen this original post. More importantly, the content is so fundamental to understanding how we've come to this place that it bears frequent revisiting. We so-called white people have been duped, and need frequent… Continue reading The Great White Hoax: Who Told You You Were White? And Why?