Why The Term Implicit Bias Rubs Me The Wrong Way

Implicit bias, while it may be measured as a latent psychological construct –whose overall goal is to document the intersubjective experience of non or subconscious racism, we must be extremely careful when we continue to say “implicit bias” . From my view, the use of the term implicit bias, a post racial and post modern…

How the Peck Peck Peck of Racism Kills Us

Philando Castile was stopped over 52 times for driving misdemeanors prior to his being shot and killed, while a 4 or 5 year old girl, and his girlfriend witnessed the execution. In essence, he was pecked, pecked, pecked to death by a system that engaged in blatant, socially sanctioned, discriminatory behavior. He was killed by…

time for love

like everything we search for and every thing we need. we find a way through the door hoping love will seed.   through every moment of regret and every wonder why. we take this thing we can’t forget and seek the rising tide.   for every moment that we take for every heart we give never…

You Black, sing like you mean it.

The stream of all of it was there. Flowing like a stream or perhaps the tears of my inner goddess, forbidden, cryptic, yet flowing with healing energy. I ran naked through the woods. Was I free? Were there dogs barking? Was the crackling underneath my feet my own. Or were they slave catchers?  Slave catchers….

My Top Blog Postings and Views

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…

Between Rage and Mourning

As my heart weeps for the unarmed man, a Black man who was shot 5 times in the back by a White police officer. One a father to be, and the other a father of four. How could this have escalated from a broken tail light? I don’t want to believe that a police officer…

Poor Patricia, Poor Sean, and White Draws

my reflection on the oscars, in prose. i think patricia was caught up in the moment, but will cut some slack because i dont think she interviews well and it probably came out all mumbled jumbled.   i am black and gay so if she wants to put me to work, i could use some…

Message To Scholars of Color

I hear you, and you are not alone. I know what it feels like to step into academe, to face students and faculty who don’t look like you and give you the vibe of “unwantedness.” (Sorry grammarly, I am not going to change this word because yes, I am saying unWANTEDness.   We are sometimes…

To Thee I Will Sing: No Justice, No Peace. (2 of 4 postings)

November 29, 2014 – December 22, 2014.  (These are the start dates and finish dates for each essay in the “To Thee I Will Sing” essay series). Round two.  Examining “national and historic narratives of race.” In 1998, President Clinton developed a wide sweeping initiative to examine race related health disparities.   I am one of…

Triumph of Selma: Duvernay’s Cinematic Mastery of Blackness While Walking The Tight Wire of Whiteness

I saw the explosive, powerful, and touching movie, #Selma.   Selma is one of my all time favorite movies because of its touching portrayal of human complexity created within narrow psychological margins.  Selma also tries to correct the cinematic over-emphasis of the over-indulgence of seeing Black history through Black male experience. The movie recasts the lives of African Americans…

Why Are There No Black Women In The US Senate?

I recently read a fascinating article on the number of women in the United States Senate.  I was struck by the title of the article, The Secret History of Women in the Senate” and thought it should have been titled “The Secret History of White Women in the Senate.” Why are black women political voices so…

Engaged Buddhism, Oprah Angel Network, and Renewed Spirits

I am sure that many of the protesters who may have financial challenges with making their bails and would be grateful for Oprah Angel network support, or some other financial foundation Oprah owns or supports that speaks to social justice and social change. The protesters’ experience and willingness to protest injustice is as powerful for me…