The Paradox of Affirmative Action

The Paradox of Affirmative Action

Affirmative action continues to mean different things for Americans. Viewed as a helping hand, a handout or a hindrance to meaningful progress, how it is decided who has access to higher education continues to hold back discussions on deracialized equality. The phrase...
The Feeling Is Still on My Cheek

The Feeling Is Still on My Cheek

It was 83 years ago this Easter, April 19, that Marian Anderson gave her memorable concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Wearing her fur coat on a cool, damp and drizzly afternoon, she began to sing: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee, I sing.” Six...
Why We Need to Remember

Why We Need to Remember

I grew up in a Southern Baptist pastor’s home within a denomination that has a long and tragic history of racism. The convention was founded primarily over the issue of slavery. Not only did white Baptists in the South support slavery, but they have a profound legacy...
The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The Debt America Refuses to Pay: Part 2

The formerly enslaved population of the U.S. was given no land, no property, no money. They received no restitution for deprivations they had been forced to endure under the “rule of law” – neither have their more than 30 million descendants. The nation that...