The Cool Teacher Ain’t Really All That Cool

“Y’all doing the most!” “Yup, I know. Do you know why? Because we know you can do it. What support do you need from me?” At that point the conversation typically takes a whole new tone. Instead of accusatory, defensive and afraid it becomes one of concern, support, and loving accountability. I know the student… Continue reading The Cool Teacher Ain’t Really All That Cool

“Women Make the World Go ‘Round”: reflections and gratitude on Day Without a Woman

We used to joke that my Mom couldn’t catch a break, even the dog was a boy. There was a lot of testosterone in my house.  Today, as many are celebrating International Women’s Day by participating in Day Without a Woman, I find myself reflecting on the women in my life and the ways they… Continue reading “Women Make the World Go ‘Round”: reflections and gratitude on Day Without a Woman

Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

There are a couple videos circulating right now of teachers greetings their students as they come in the door. One is of a Black male teacher, Barry White, in Charlotte, North Carolina greeting his nearly exclusively Black students. The other is of a white female teacher, Jerusha Willenborg in Wichita, Kansas doing the same with… Continue reading Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

Why America Shouldn’t Execute Dylann Roof

Don’t get me wrong, I have zero compassion for Dylann Roof. I am not a pacifist nor am I even opposed to Dylann Roof losing his life. I am, however, 100% against the United States of America executing him. If the jury that found Roof guilty in December of all 33 charges he faced for… Continue reading Why America Shouldn’t Execute Dylann Roof

Wrapping Up 2016 Preparing for Trump’s America

I started 2016 with a commitment to becoming a better writer and using whatever reach I had to try and move the conversation towards justice and humanity. I am committing to the same thing in 2017. In Trump’s America we are going to have to wage battles over ideas and material realities, I’m spending the… Continue reading Wrapping Up 2016 Preparing for Trump’s America

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