Should You Talk To Your Children About #MeToo? (I’m Rooting For Terry Crews)

“Making my way downtown—walking fast, faces pass and I’m home bound. Staring blankly ahead just making my way, making a way through the crowd. And I need you. And I miss you. And now I wonder. If I could fall into the sky, do you think time would pass me by? ‘Cause you know I’d … Continue reading Should You Talk To Your Children About #MeToo? (I’m Rooting For Terry Crews)

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We Need To Have A Conversation About Race: Come At Me, Bro’

In 2016 an African-American behavioral therapist in North Miami was shot by police as he purposely laid on the ground with his hands raised. He was trying to help his autistic patient who’d created a disturbance in the street. With his hands still raised, Kinsey asked the responding officer, “Sir, why did you shoot me?” To … Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Race: Come At Me, Bro’

Perspectives on Race #11: Huy, From Houston

How would you describe yourself? Huy: I was born in Houston, approximately 9 months after my parents were reunited after their escape from war-torn Vietnam. I consider myself a product of Alief, a racially and socioeconomically diverse part of Houston. I also consider myself Vietnamese-American and culturally Catholic. Name: Huy Pham Race: Vietnamese American Birth … Continue reading Perspectives on Race #11: Huy, From Houston

Do We Need Consequences, Punishment, and Shame (From Permit Patty to Rachel Dolezal)?

I’m conflicted about Rachel Dolezal-- even with all I’ve read, seen, and heard of her story. I feel sorry for her children (because the fall out drove them to the brink of homelessness), and I’m curious about the perspectives and opinions of the students’ lives she touched at Eastern Washington University. If we believe her, … Continue reading Do We Need Consequences, Punishment, and Shame (From Permit Patty to Rachel Dolezal)?

What Did You Learn This Year (That You Didn’t Know Last Year)?

I’m not embarrassed to say that I started these posts so I could take better stock of what I learn each day. Most days, it seems like I don’t actually learn anything. I wanted to prove myself wrong. Since my birthday is this weekend-- and since I use it as a starting point for setting … Continue reading What Did You Learn This Year (That You Didn’t Know Last Year)?

What We Can Do To Fight Against the Separation of Immigrant Families

I’m neither hopeful nor optimistic, but I don’t want to live a life characterized by anger. It’s why I write, why I move, why I leave. It’s why I value reconciliation, resolution, and reflection. More often than not, this isn’t enough. I shout my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. I write strongly worded … Continue reading What We Can Do To Fight Against the Separation of Immigrant Families

Why We Celebrate Juneteenth

We celebrate Juneteenth today-- June 19th. On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, Union soldiers landed with the news that the war had ended and enslaved black people were now free. This news came more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The Proclamation, which became official on January 1, 1863, had had little … Continue reading Why We Celebrate Juneteenth

Should You Talk To Your Children About How We Treat Immigrants? (On Sessions, 45, ‘I am a man,’ and ‘Ain’t I a woman?’)

Most of the students I work with are first or second-generation Americans. They range in age and in levels from second to sixth grade. From time to time, I also work with a college-aged adult who needs help studying for the IELTS. They hail from more than ten different countries and speak more than five … Continue reading Should You Talk To Your Children About How We Treat Immigrants? (On Sessions, 45, ‘I am a man,’ and ‘Ain’t I a woman?’)