Dylann Roof: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Each year we get a clean slate to write a new story. I’m a firm believer that some things, thoughts or activities should not be carried over into a new year. For me, the cold, calculated murder of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church, by Dylann Roof in 2015 has caused me to rethink my position on capital punishment. read more

It Won’t Stop Racists From Hating

It won’t stop racists from hating. I am sure we all can agree the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol in South Carolina will not, as Nikki Giovanni rapped in the 1960s, “stop chickens from laying eggs or Crackers from hating.”

However, it will usher in a new day in 20 years, when babies born today, will have reached adulthood, without a daily reminder of a painful period in southern history. read more

BlackLivesMatter Not Cosby’s Folly

Black Lives Matter, not Cosby’s follies. A few days after Dylann Roof sat in an African Methodist Episcopal Church and gunned down nine African Americans in cold blood, I posited this rhetorical question on my Facebook Timeline:

“How long will it take for black people to become distracted again and what will distract them?” read more