When I was white, it wasn’t on purpose. It wasn’t intentional. It started because I was a square peg coveting circles. It started because I stuck out everywhere, even when I didn’t want the attention. Even when race and gender didn’t play a role. I just didn’t seem to belong anywhere. About seven years ago … Continue reading Black On Both Sides
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
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
We knew he’d be tall because his knees were too big for his legs. Ever since he was little, they were at least three times the size of his knees. We figured that he’d take after my dad’s uncles. In college, I was really excited when he asked to come visit me. Seven years my … Continue reading But I Am Still Thirsty
He was born Kal-El and hailed from Krypton originally. His beloved father helped coordinate a narrow escape, one that would make him a refugee. Although gifted with compassion and supernatural ability, he remained an outsider to western culture. He remained undocumented. Not long after his arrival, a kind-hearted couple from Kansas adopted him. He assimilated … Continue reading Superman Isn’t Coming