Category: Race In America

A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism

A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism
So I’m going to tell you a story.  I’m not going to reveal the name of the person whom relayed the story to me, but I will reveal the name of the establishment where the event happened.  The story is being recounted from text messages, exchanged on this past Sunday morning. And the story starts... Read more »

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
When I still taught history, I made it a point to expose my students to this speech.  My favorite of all his speeches, but also the most heart-wrenching of the lot in my opinion. My students would often conjecture, as do I, whether his words signaled that he knew the end was near, or whether... Read more »

Van Dyke Evades Justice and Crook County Strikes Again

Van Dyke Evades Justice and Crook County Strikes Again
There is no worse feeling than that in which you feel that you have no equal protection under the law. That is exactly what occurred yesterday when Jason Van Dyke, a convicted murder was sentenced to 6 years in jail, 2 mandatory. Van Dyke’s crime…killing a 17 year old kid while serving in his duty... Read more »
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Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!

Jason Van Dyke is Guilty!
I needed some time to process before posting this one.  What do you say about a monumental shift that rocks an entire city? The entire city held it’s collective breath as we waited for the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. So many fears were resting on the history of the city. In Chicago,... Read more »

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition
8:04am I am currently sitting in a Starbucks in Crestwood, IL., 2 hours removed from our bus returning to Chicago. Let me start by saying that I feel amazingly fortunate to have traveled to Washington D.C. for the March For Our Lives. Better yet, I was able to travel there with a bus full of... Read more »

Am I A Racist?

Am I A Racist?
Am I a racist? What a strange question to be faced with. Actually, I wasn’t faced with that exact questions recently, but something similar.   To paraphrase the letter I received from a conservative friend of mine: So I’m wondering about something and you always have insightful answers. If our president would of said something instead... Read more »
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Let's Talk About Raising Dion

Let's Talk About Raising Dion
It amazes me that something can be lurking in the subconscious of ones mind, without any realization of it, until it is thrust into the conscious mind. I feel like that’s what happened when a friend sent me a video on Facebook.  I had no context for the video, other than it was shared by... Read more »