White folks, especially white men, get the privilege of boasting in their inexperience and touting it as an asset.
This is Privilege
I saw an image recently that said, “Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because you aren’t affected personally.” This is 100% true. The image inspired me to think more about what privilege is. This is privilege... Privilege is when you think that you can dictate to marginalized people what they should… Continue reading This is Privilege
Kirk Franklin shows us why Black folks need to be wary of “multicultural, multiethnic” Christian spaces
Kirk Franklin's treatment by the Dove Awards shows us why Black folks need to be wary of "multicultural, multiethnic" Christian spaces
Hold On: A poem by Ally Henny
I am taking a course on the music of the civil rights movement, and the PBS Documentary “Eyes on the Prize is required viewing. I have found myself feeling incredibly angry because there is SO much that has not changed since the civil rights years.
I wrote this poem as a way to express some of the feelings and frustration that I feel.
"It's hard to leave your church home," my mom said. Her voice hung with a note of sadness that didn't go away the half dozen or more times that I heard her repeat this phrase to various parishoners at our new church. I was thirteen at the time, and I didn't quite understand what the… Continue reading Leaving Home
Blessed Are the Disrupters
The following is the text of a sermon that I preached as a guest speaker at a local church. Blessed Are the Disrupters The title of my message tonight is “Blessed are the Disrupters.” But before I get too deep into my message, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I always… Continue reading Blessed Are the Disrupters
Schools: Stop doing “Crazy Hair Day”
As we enter homecoming/spirit day season, I want to make you all aware of something that I didn't know was happening until a friend told me (we didn't have this particular day when I was in school): When "Crazy hair day" (or any other day that would behoove one to wear costumed hair) comes along… Continue reading Schools: Stop doing “Crazy Hair Day”
Living in the fierce urgency of now
I do not expect every black person to be as outspoken about racism and justice as I am. It would be unreasonable to expect everyone to be in the streets, writing, speaking, and otherwise engaging this topic at a high level. However, I hope that we will recognize what Dr. King called “the fierce urgency… Continue reading Living in the fierce urgency of now
Black folks can’t live in peace, and we certainly can’t die in peace
Black people can’t escape indignity, even in death. It is a privilege for one’s memory to Rest In Peace.
Taking a stand on a slave auction block
My ancestors’ heels were bruised by white supremacy, but my feet will crush its head.