Miami Madness

Dominating the sports news cycle is the Miami Dolphins and the drama between Jonathon Martin and Richie Incognito. Martin, having enough of being harassed, left the team and checked himself into a hospital to address emotional distress. It later came to light that Incognito had sent harassing texts and voicemails which included homophobic and racist… Continue reading Miami Madness

Whose America is Celebrated? on liberty and justice for all

Every year the freshman in the school I teach at read Our America. It is the story of two young men growing up in the Ida B. Wells housing projects on the South Side of Chicago. The title is powerful in and of itself; Our America implies there is more than one America. This idea… Continue reading Whose America is Celebrated? on liberty and justice for all

Undermining The Social Order… Yes Please!

Recently Lou Dobbs and an all-male conservative panel freaked out. Normally this wouldn’t inspire me to dedicate any more time or effort than it took me to laugh. Today, though, it did. Lou and his panel were up in arms about the new Pew study that shows 4 out of 10 households have women as the… Continue reading Undermining The Social Order… Yes Please!

Response to Rick Ross

Recently Rick Ross has demonstrated the seemingly unfathomable reach of rape culture. In his featured verse Ross states “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” My students had just covered the Steubenville rape case in their Morality class so this seemed like a great opportunity to further address the issue at hand: Rape Culture. Following the lead of activist and organizer Rosa Clemente my students decided to respond to Rick Ross. The ideas expressed are entirely the students as well as the planning and execution of the video. I simply provided the cell phone camera.