White America’s Token Gestures

One of my hobbies growing up that I revisit occasionally is collecting coins. Every once in a while the US Mint releases a coin that inspires me. This Dr. Maya Angelou quarter released last year inspired me. I purchased a couple of sets from the Mint last year. It is distressing, however, that an enslaverContinue reading “White America’s Token Gestures”

To the Young Who Want to Die

Sit down. Inhale. Exhale.The gun will wait. The lake will wait.The tall gall in the small seductive vialwill wait will wait:will wait a week: will wait through April.You do not have to die this certain day.Death will abide, will pamper your postponement.I assure you death will wait. Death hasa lot of time. Death canattend toContinue reading “To the Young Who Want to Die”

Day in the History of Racial Injustice

The Memphis massacre of 1866 was a series of violent events that occurred from May 1 to 3, 1866 in Memphis, Tennessee. The racial violence was ignited by political and social racism following the American Civil War, in the early stages of Reconstruction. After a shooting altercation between white policemen and black veterans recently musteredContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”

Civil Rights Class Week 8

The Sunken Place means we’re marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us. Jordan Peele Homework 1: Read the attached document which gives an example of how African Americans were disfranchised in the 1890s. Notes from reading: The Reconstruction era was a period in American history following the American Civil War (1861–1865);Continue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 8”

Racist By Design

In America, the highways and public spaces that shape our cities were often intentionally built at the expense of minority citizens. When the “structural” racist, urban planner Robert Moses began building projects in New York during the 1920s, he bulldozed Black and Latino homes to make way for parks and built highways through the middleContinue reading “Racist By Design”

Day in the History of Racial Injustice

March 15, 2022 ~ Kevin Johnson was fatally shot 9 times in the back by three San Antonio cops. A crowd that gathered after the shooting clashed with police, who at one point used pepper spray on the group. March 15, 1713 – Tuscarora Nation warriors withstood colonizers’ siege of Fort Neoheroka in North CarolinaContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”