We, America?

This post originally appeared on http://www.savemainst.com There is a tendency, after instances of violence against black Americans at the hands of white Americans, for people to passionately suggest “we” are one, and that if only “we” loved each other, then, “we” can solve the racism that plagues black bodies in America. When it comes to the oppression and destruction of black bodies in America, there is no “we.” “We” all are not victims of white supremacy, “we” all did not have to endure Jim Crow, “we” all are not shot and killed by police officers at the same rate. “We”…

Freethinking Couples of the World, Unite!

I’ve become both inured and slightly indifferent to the eyes of the intolerant with respect to my interracial dating. I’ve received the stares from the ignorant while in public with a woman of a different race since high school.  One should expect a small amount of pestering during high school; however, I’ve encountered the eyes of the intolerant from adults well into their 60s while I was freshly in my 20s.  I have occasionally looked the other way, or turned the other cheek if you prefer, to avoid conflict with the racially injured, but when propriety trespasses against morality or…

If it was discriminatory then, it’s probably discriminatory now

If it was discriminatory then, it’s probably discriminatory now. By: Anthony Conwright How do you distinguish between fantasies of racism stimulated by “code language” and actual racism?  An interesting way to put any perceptions of racism and discrimination into context would be to look inside America’s history. Historical context clues provide a vehicle for decoding certain words and phrases that may have racist and discriminatory roots.  For example, the phrase “separate but equal.” If you were to hear someone say, “I support separate but equal [insert institution],” you should start to cringe.  If you are aware of the discriminatory implications…

Boycotts….Mike Huckabee and Chik Fil-A

Mike Huckabee claims to be “incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chik Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his views that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld.”  One would think the former Republican Governor of Arkansas and Fox News host would relish the fact that American citizens are participating in   capitalism by deciding not to eat at Chik Fil-A. Capitalism, in the form of a Chik Fil-A boycott makes sense. I would not bet my salt on seeing Mike Huckabee at a gay club. Because he does not agree…