Hallow Freedom

Within the heart there is a little flame. Some call it desire, while others call it pain. It rushes in and claims a being. Whimpering eyes, freedom is bleeding.   And this my wanting, frail and done. Claiming wholeness, one by one. Searching for the smallest things. Wondering how I found these rings.   But…

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…

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…

Being an ally is understanding and validating the worldview of that group

I am pleased to have the permission of my dear friend, Tara Edwards to post this wonderful essay.  Tara is the first of many (I hope) guest writer/blogger on the Pancake Diaries. As you know we are engaged in lots of peaceful protests and conversations about racism, oppression, power, and police brutality in our country….

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…

The Drip Drip Method: Wheels of Life S1/EP6

Previously on Episode 5:  Tim got jumped by the group for attacking Bird’s son, Peter. The group let him go free, ReeRee shot him just to let him know she was not playing. They gave Tim $50 and they kept $150 as their endowment fund. ReeRee slowly counted the money as the others watched, 148, 149,…