A Correspondence With Reality Check
In 1988, Peggy McIntosh, a white feminist scholar, wrote a paper called White Privilege and Male Privilege. Here the term “white privilege” was coined and described as “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions”. McIntosh listed 46 ways she had “white privilege”. Her list ranged…
BIG SISTER & LITTLE BROTHER
Raymond’s bedroom door was cracked open. His big sister barged in and threw a paperback book. The book hit Raymond’s chest, then hit the floor.
“Grandma, thought that was mine.”
It was a book of African baby names. Raymond retrieved it from the floor, put…
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay co-produced a Netflix miniseries about Kaepernick’s life. One episode depicted the NFL draft as no different from a slave auction. During this scene, Kaepernick’s voice-over stated, “What they don’t want you to understand is what’s being established is a power dynamic.”
The spotted can’t wash out
What the spotlight spilled
The spotted can’t suck up
What soaks inside
The saddest eyes are mirrors to the stain
Stained souls are never spotted under the sunlight
Stained souls don’t glow in the dark
Stained souls don’t have a prayer or a…
I’m always singled out
And asked: Why are you so quiet?
(Does quietness disturb the peace?)
Being singled out is awkward
But it’s not as awkward
As the time foul mouth Denise
Put Lester Portis on the spot & asked:
Why do you wear those jeans every Wednesday?
In 2011, Kelli Stargel, a Republican Florida state representative, wrote a bill that required public school teachers to grade parents of students in kindergarten through the third grade. According to Stargel, there was accountability for students, teachers, and administrators, but parent accountability was the missing link. …
This Volume is a continuation of The Foolish One (A Graphic Volume of Poetry). This Volume can stand alone, but it’s recommended to read them in order.
THE FUNERAL PROGRAM
Raymond couldn’t wait — to wait — for Tanisha. He’d rush home from school just to wait. The…
Playing Russian Roulette with the heartbeat cycle
In 2015, a black man, wielding a knife, was killed by San Francisco police officers. The incident started a Taser controversy. However, the San Francisco police officers didn’t use Tasers. They actually shot and killed the man.
Back in 2015, San Francisco police…