I am a former Marine working full time and pursuing a degree in education. I am a voracious reader who loves to travel and enjoys everything Chicago has to offer. Ok, except the cold weather. My blog will focus on race in America and the layered dynamics it contains (class, joblessness, mass incarceration, police brutality, and white supremacy). It will also explore the unique challenges to interracial relationships and love. In addition, I will write on national security which includes this country's unquenchable desire to sacrifice Marines and soldiers to unending and unwinnable wars. The slaughter and destruction we produce in foreign countries also, should not be overlooked. My writing will also focus on politics, social issues, and education.

This blog is dedicated to my college writing professor and mentor who taught me so much about writing; including its cathartic benefit. I will be forever grateful.

Contact me on: AMI, Twitter@mattyd6523