DoJ Lawsuit to Bring Constitutional Policing to Ferguson

Copy of the press release in its entirety. See original here – http://goo.gl/at0zoM Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit to Bring Constitutional Policing to Ferguson, Missouri Washington, DC, United States ~Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon and thank you all for being here.  I am joined by…

Farts, Racist Funk, and Frat Boys

Here is the thing–I am really getting tired of being thrown into the centrifugal like ride, media circus about race relations and racism in this country….I don’t think it is news when the manager and the police chief in Ferguson resign…this is a time warp thing that I knew would eventually happen. It had too-…

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…

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…

Ferguson and the long wave

Originally posted on Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio:
At the local Ferguson protest the other night two students from Minneapolis’ South High School talked about the sit-in and walk-out they’d organized, coordinated with other high schools. I realized that forty four years ago this week I was part of planning a walkout at my Chicago…

Essential Social Justice Readings – Volume 1, Dec 2014

Essential Social Justice Readings Volume 1, Dec 2014-curated by Dr. Brian L. Ragsdale, brianragsdalewriter.com. From time to time I will bring you articles, videos, and other communications that relate to exploring oppression, culture, and social justice topics.  I am sending this out on December 4th, 2014, a dreary and somber day after the Eric Gardner…

Meditation and The Funk

Friends and family, About 15 months or more ago, I meditated over a weekend with 10 other brave souls for about 16 hours in total silence. I experienced a sort of mental and emotional breaking down, questioning what really existed inside. Searching for the essence, in a sense. In a similar way, our country is…

To Thee I Will Sing: No Justice, No Peace.

Dear Friends and Readers, I want to thank you for reading my blog over the past year. I started it in late Oct/November 2013 and I am quickly approaching 1,000 readers. I didn’t really know how many people would follow me so I am startled by the number of “my followers” and  every time I…

Requiem for Another Lost Son

My heart is full with so much sadness. As an African American psychologist, as an american citizen, as a human being with a heart, we must show compassion and sympathy for families traumatized by violence. Watch this video (see the video at the end of the post but please read on first) if you want…

Saving Dolphins, Saving Blackness

We save people and things that we believe need our help; dolphins, abused children, earth, and rare species.  With only so many hours in a day, there are limits to the causes we can support, so choosing people/causes/things to save requires deep thought and reflection. All over Facebook, for example, there is the ice bucket…

Race Based Traumatic Stress

The see-saw, existential experience of being Black in America continues to throw me up and down, to and fro…..like I am on a little tug boat on a stormy sea.  The recent events in #ferguson have shook me and I find it deeply disturbing that an African American unarmed teen could be shot and killed…