When I moved to Chicago I was scared. I only brought a few essentials: books and shoes, anger-coated confidence. I was a stranger in a strange land, so I proceeded with caution. I harbored no expectations and packed very little fear. I meant to make a living not a life, but time is partial to entrapment. … Continue reading You Have to Build It
The Equal Justice Initiative works to protect basic human rights, to challenge economic and racial injustice, and to end mass incarceration in the United States. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, it was founded in 1989 by public interest lawyer and bestselling author, Bryan Stevenson. It is a private, nonprofit organization that provides re-entry assistance to individuals … Continue reading What Color Is Your Parachute: Part 2
I don’t actually like talking about race, and I don’t actually like thinking about it. If I sit too long in that space I find myself growing angry. I’m not uncomfortable having the conversations—and unless you know me well you might not even perceive my anger—but when race is brought to my attention, or when … Continue reading What Color Is Your Parachute?
SB4, Texas Senate Bill 4, passed on May 7, 2017 and will go into effect on September 1, 2017. Champions of SB4 claim that it will increase public safety by requiring the state to enforce laws already put in place by the federal government. Its opponents claim that it will create more racial profiling and … Continue reading Texas Senate Bill 4: On Pride & Prejudice
Everyone called her Mother. It didn't particularly matter how you were affiliated. She was my great-grandmother on my father's side. Tall and slender, and aptly named Maud (although I didn't learn that until years after her passing). She had a nickname for everyone. Mine was Sittin' Hen. Even as a child I resented it because … Continue reading Day 7, Week 29: What Are You Willing To Give Up?
On June 30, 1926 the United States enacted its national code of law. Often referred to as the U.S.C., the code provides the general and permanent statutes of the United States. The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives prepares this code. The U.S.C. is organized and grouped by common themes, … Continue reading United States Code 101
My niece changed my life, but she doesn't know it (partly because she's six, but also because I've never told her). Before she was born, I had a picture in my head of who I was and what I wanted. Her life exposed me, made me aware of my bias and my privilege. She made … Continue reading To Live, Joyfully
When I was younger, I understood that black women were supposed to be angry. Since stereotypes frustrate me, I became especially motivated to a) understand anger and not to b) embody the stereotype with my actions or my words. Understanding anger is easy. All you have to do is underline the cause and disentangle the … Continue reading The Upside of Anger (…continued)