Posts tagged "Trayvon Martin"

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America
  By their very definition, well-meaning people do not know when they are being offensive. Many have uncomfortably asked, “How are YOU feeling about everything that is going on in Florida Chicago New York City Ferguson, Missouri?” Others have proclaimed, “With EVERYTHING that is going on nowadays, I just pray that I have girls.” With... Read more »

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2: Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2:  Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race
Part One:  Blacks, Evolve or Become Obsolete?    We were at dinner when the verdict was announced. Eight of us sat at a round table joking about marriage, cooking, and sex when someone received a news alert on their phone, announcing that George Zimmerman had been found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.... Read more »

Should the “Beyhive” Encourage Beyonce to Boycott All “Stand Your Ground” States, Too?

  Soon after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Stevie Wonder announced at his most recent concert in Quebec City that he would not perform in the State of Florida until its controversial “Stand Your Ground” law was abolished.  Reminiscent of when Ray Charles boycotted Georgia for its’ segregation laws in the 1960s and the Artists... Read more »
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Blacks, evolve or become obsolete? How to survive the next 400 years (#1)

  Pssst! Black People Step closer to the monitor. The conversation that we need to have is a private one.  One that I think we would all agree is long overdue. First, let’s have a quick recount of our collective history so we can make sure that we are all on the same page… Our... Read more »

Things we think but do not say about race: It’s not a blog, it’s a mission statement.

Things we think but do not say about race:  It’s not a blog, it’s a mission statement.
I’ve been in a writing funk for weeks and it’s all because of the Hunger Games…and Justin Bieber…and his fans.  You see, three weeks prior to the release of the worldwide blockbuster, a young Black boy named Trayvon Martin was shot by a vigilante neighborhood watchmen.  I’m sure by now that you’ve heard the story.... Read more »
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