Feeling All Kind of Ways This Morning

I know how cold and warm it is, because I feel it.  I know the chill of white supremacy, and the warmth of compassion from those who treasure multicultural people. To live within, without.  To watch, remember, and to know the spirit of colonization and to question if living in a colony is all I will…

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…

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…

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…

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…

My Blackness Had Become A Usual Prism

My blackness had become a usual prism while my maleness sat on the sideline in its innocent slumber.  It was relatively easy to write about the anger and pain of racism relating to Ted Wafer.  Wafer was a white man who murdered Renisha McBride in late 2013.   She was a young African American woman who…

Off to Australia To A Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Conference

Putting the finishing touches on my presentation, see you all when I get back. Abstract: Employing critical race theory, this paper examines the cultural symbolism connected to why white passengers on the bus during the social disobedience of Rosa Parks are often depicted as anonymous and intimated as innocent silent actors. This paper argues that…