We gonna be alright

i’m just over here, singing negro spirituals and communing with our ancestors, eating a big bucket of soulful dripping buttery popcorn–passing it all around, watching the birds fly above in the powdery blue sky, and feeling the sunlight caress our souls. talkinbout them white folks, and shaking our heads with slow deep knowledge. I know…

Silencing Tactics and You

Originally posted on The Bias:
Introduction Header image: “Silence” by Henry Burrows. CC BY-SAThere are few things in life more fraught than talking about what makes us who we are in public–and even more so if those things are also sources of oppression or marginalization. Something that often compounds that vulnerability are tactics designed to…

Call Your US Senator to Prevent the Sale of Assault Weapons

We have to stop the sales of assault weapons. This does not solve the problem of hate and terrorism, but it is a start. Please contact your senator or house representative today to urge them to present a bill that prevents people from buying these types of weapons. Here is the list of US Senators–right…

We need the love of our people.

An African American man, who is cis gendered straight, and who supports gay folks brings those of us who are black and gay (GLBTQA) much needed support to be cared for and loved by our brothers and sisters for who we are. Across my lifespan, I have been admonished, chastised, and stuck in fearful conversations…

I felt it closing.

One. I run to the things that are familiar, particularly when the gears of my emotional life come to a halt. And the pain is deep and searing. In this case it is words and fragmented images that haunt me. I still see the slumped body of Renisha McBride as she lay lifeless, in blood, dead…

And what you want from me…

What you want from me, can not be given. because what you want is a space where the unchecked white supremacy needs to live. an undefined, un-articulated space that claims it right to be, through asserting its crab like legs up from the sand, arching its crustacean back. as it moves toward the freedom of…

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Hello again, Thank you for taking the time to read my work and thoughts. This year has been full of tragedy and hope. As an artist (brianragsdalewriter.com), researcher (brian ragsdale on academia.edu), and my writings/musings (brianragsdalewriter.com), your connection with me is appreciated. Thank you, and please share my information with your friends and colleagues. I…