“Every day, every day” growing up my mother would motivate my brothers and me with this simple phrase. She got it from Mercedes, the busser, at Elsie’s Restaurant where she waited tables. It was the mantra in my family, every day you get up and handle your business. She was a waitress for twenty plus… Continue reading A (Working) Class Education
“You’re Weird” “You’re Crazy” “You’re Strange” I’ve been thinking about normal lately. What does it mean? Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up in a family that had to be more than a little tuned in to our mental health, but I have always been sensitive to ideas of normal. As I grew, I realized normal… Continue reading (Un)Normal
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!
It’s funny how things intersect. Two days ago I would never have guessed I would be talking about whiteness as a verb in the context of the PGA. Yet, that is precisely what I find myself doing. On Monday Sergio Garcia threw the latest verbal punch at Tiger Woods in what has been a war… Continue reading On Fried Chicken and Active Whiteness
This winter was, by far, the worst winter I can remember. It started early, it snowed a lot, and it lasted into May. This winter pushed me close to my tipping point. When I got in my car yesterday afternoon, rolled down the windows and opened up the sun roof in my car, the temperature… Continue reading On Tipping Points and Justice
Dear Students, What’s good! I hope this letter finds you all doing well. As you have all experienced I try to reflect often or, as some of ya’ll say, to get “deep” and “to get in my feelings.” Well, this letter was motivated by one of those times. I have been thinking a lot about… Continue reading Open Letter to My Students
I was recently the guest on an amazing program focused on eco-socialism. Talked about whiteness, capitalism, hip hop, and a whole bunch of other things. Check it out! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ecosocialisthorizons/2013/04/17/ecosocialist-horizons