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17 06, 2024

Traveling to all 50 states an adventure I will remember

By |2024-06-05T22:08:07+00:00June 17th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

I won’t forget what a friend wrote me on Facebook. He heard I had visited all 50 states and said my accomplishment bordered on “outstanding.” “Congratulations!” he told me. His flattery almost led me to blush. While I don’t believe what I did in late ’21 will make me a candidate for the next Ken Burns documentary, I’ve come to

10 06, 2024

Note to politicians: Integrated schools just didn’t work

By |2024-05-31T13:09:01+00:00June 10th, 2024|Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

I echo the clarion call for a return to all-Black, neighborhood schools. Yeah, and I am as serious about it as cyanide. Based on a CNN report, I ask: Why should Blacks attend schools where they are unwelcomed? I know they are unwelcomed because of the increasing number of segregated schools and neighborhoods in America, and not just in Red

10 06, 2024

Malaysia … not a place for a Black man to feel welcomed

By |2024-06-05T21:50:28+00:00June 10th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — I reckon the appeal of working and texting is universal, because even here, in a world-class city flush with prosperity, you’ll find Malaysians under 35 tethered to their iPhones. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been surprised had I gone to Malaysia with more research behind me. As a Black man, I played the clueless traveler; I jumped

5 06, 2024

In Soweto, poverty not necessarily a saga of unhappiness

By |2024-06-05T21:44:35+00:00June 5th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — I had reservations about whether to go on a safari when I stepped foot in South Africa. Friends who know me well will vouch for one thing: I’m no outdoorsman. I didn’t hunt. I didn’t swim. I didn’t camp. Heck, I got lost going downtown in Cleveland, so navigating solo a place where lions, elephants

31 05, 2024

White Christians have chosen the wrong path to their salvation — and ours

By |2024-05-31T12:59:30+00:00May 31st, 2024|Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

I should say that I am disappointed in evangelicals, but I have been wondering for a long, long time why I held on to hope they would find enlightenment on racism. But now whatever hope I did hold I jettisoned after I came to understand how in lockstep evangelicals were with Donald Trump. Since Trump took office in 2016, evangelicals

24 05, 2024

Becoming best friends just in the ‘Nick’ of time

By |2024-05-24T19:52:47+00:00May 24th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class|

We can never know with any certainty how or why our connection with a stranger turned into something neither of us foresaw. Think about all the encounters you’ve had over the years, the people you’ve met on the way to wherever you were going. Some of them are utterly forgettable; some touch you in ways you can’t begin to imagine.

24 05, 2024

Black men find little justice in our criminal justice sytem

By |2024-05-24T18:28:40+00:00May 24th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Lamonte McIntyre opened a barbershop in Kansas City, Kansas. He’s named his shop “Off the Top Salon,” and I hope people in the city and nearby townships have flocked there for a trim. McIntyre deserved their support. Yet I wonder where people, the prosecutors, the judges and the jurors were when a renegade cop sent McIntyre to prison for 23

14 05, 2024

2023 over, so now progressives must look to 2024

By |2024-05-11T22:05:54+00:00May 14th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

The 2023 election, a vote filled with more regional issues, ended with big wins for progressives. Women kept the freedom to decide what to do with their bodies, and those who enjoy a tote on a joint can smoke away after Ohioans voted to make marijuana legal. I must now put those victories aside, because what awaits people who lean

12 05, 2024

Can Ohio U. find ways to help poor students of color?

By |2024-05-11T21:48:57+00:00May 12th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class|

Ohio University has found itself where it didn’t want to be: trying to figure out how to use scholarship money that donors established for a certain class of recipient. A good chunk of those set-aside scholarships go to minorities — Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans. Some of those dollars go to first-generation college students of whatever race. Echoing the conservative

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