An Open Letter to the Alt-Right

It’s taken me some time to process your rise. On one hand I’m not surprised at the support your platform has received. On the other, though, I thought that the 21st Century required a bit more sophistication than your rhetoric, especially after 8 years of the first Black president. It’s hard for me to really… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Alt-Right

Trump is Conservatism

The idea that Trump isn’t a true conservative is not new. In fact, The National Review, a cornerstone of conservative media, wrote two (here and here) pieces distancing themselves from Trump by arguing that he is not conservative. Still, Republicans, by and large, were still sticking by their candidate. It wasn’t until the Access Hollywood tapes were… Continue reading Trump is Conservatism

#AGreatCityRises and the Toll of Gentrification on Northeast Minneapolis

I stopped at the corner trying desperately to remember the potholes and broken concrete I knew as a child. I creeped the car – like I would have back in the day – down the now perfectly manicured road with its “vintage” appeal, missing the cracked and crumbling concrete. My family came to Minneapolis after… Continue reading #AGreatCityRises and the Toll of Gentrification on Northeast Minneapolis

I Have a Daughter And When I’m Most Honest With Myself I’ve Been Too Much Like Trump

It would be easy for me to join in the voices condemning the latest (and most overt) vile comments of Donald Trump. And I do condemn them, with everything in my DNA. But when I’m the most honest with myself the sourness in my stomach isn’t about Donald Trump, or even about the complicity of… Continue reading I Have a Daughter And When I’m Most Honest With Myself I’ve Been Too Much Like Trump

The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

I was visiting with my parents the other day and checked Facebook on my phone. My mom commented that the world sure had changed since she was a kid. I thought about that for a while. Even since I was a kid the everyday experiences of young people is drastically different. I remember trying to… Continue reading The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

When white families avoid talking about race, families of color shoulder the burden of respectability

The first thing I was taught about race was that it didn’t matter. Like so many others I was taught to ignore the color of a person’s skin and to judge people on the “content of their character.” This was the extent of my racial formation. This color-ignorance became the dominant approach after the Civil… Continue reading When white families avoid talking about race, families of color shoulder the burden of respectability

#AnimateMPS

I was recently chosen for a fellowship dedicated to elevating the School Board race in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all and building education in our city. Here is an excerpt from my first writing where I talk more about what the fellowship means to me. I believe in education. Truly, I… Continue reading #AnimateMPS