Showing posts from 2015

Passing While Black: Rachel Dolezal And The Fight For Racial Justice

Rachel Dolezal I’ve always felt that one of the key reasons for the persistence of racism in American society is that most white people simply don’t get it, and probably never will. No appeals to reason or presentation of data on racial inequality will help. Put simply, most white people don’t get it is because they are unable to walk in black people’s shoes. To use the words of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” It is easy for white people to see the world from their vantage point, but it takes a lot of empathic effort to step outside your own interests and needs and into the shoes of black people and see and experience this country as an African American. Rachel Dolezal – a blond and paled-skinned white woman without a hint of African heritage from Montana – stepped into black shoes, changed

The Police Scare The Hell Out Of Me

I'm a Black man with a Ph.D. Yet, I'm afraid of the police - white, Latino, black, Asian - because I understand even the most routine encounter with them could result in my death. I tense up every time I see them sitting on the side of the road, mentally preparing myself to be stopped, rehearsing in my mind what to say when pulled over. I check my speed, check my lights, and hope that a taillight isn't broken. After I pass them, I check my rear view mirror to see if I'm being followed. The times I've been stopped have been more than annoying; I was terrified that something might go wrong and feel like I dodged a bullet when I've been able to drive away. Enough said!