A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

“I, John Brown, am now quite certain, that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.” – John Brown   Saturday marked the 158th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. The passionate and dedicated abolitionist believed that logic and moral arguments would not end the practice of slavery, that only… Continue reading A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

Are we listening now?

On Saturday night 40-year old Justine Damond called 911 to report a possible assault. When Minneapolis police showed up and met Justine in the alley it ended with her being shot and killed by Mohamed Noor a Black, Somali-American police officer. The aftermath of the tragedy has many struggling to make sense of the situation.… Continue reading Are we listening now?

“If Adults Would Have Reacted Differently”: what we should be talking about when it comes to SPPS

“Kill the Indian Save the Man” Capt. Richard H. Pratt Saint Paul Public Schools has been in the media often over the past several months mainly due to their contract with Pacific Education Group (PEG) and the discipline policy aimed at curbing suspensions for students of color.  Yesterday they were in the news once again, and… Continue reading “If Adults Would Have Reacted Differently”: what we should be talking about when it comes to SPPS

May the Force Awaken Us

I hadn’t been on social media for most of the day, so I logged on to see what my people were talking about. It didn’t take long for me to come across the #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag. Being the Star Wars nerd that I am, I was intrigued. What I found simultaneously made me sad for humanity… Continue reading May the Force Awaken Us

Michael Dunn and Justice

The forthcoming verdict in the murder trial of Michael Dunn is a dangerous thing. On one hand the man is a cold blooded killer and deserves to be held accountable. On the other hand, if there is a conviction it will surely be held up as the shining example of the criminal justice system’s ability… Continue reading Michael Dunn and Justice

The Failure of Modern Liberalism

Liberal: believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change: relating to or supporting political liberalism I used to think of myself as a liberal. I remember canvassing for Alliance for a Better Minnesota during the gubernatorial election of 2006. While being nonpartisan it was widely understood that we supported the Democratic… Continue reading The Failure of Modern Liberalism

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