Corporal Punishment and the Pornography of Violence: An Armchair Case Study of St. Augustine Catholic School

Corporal punishment in schools has been an issue of debate for a couple of centuries in Western society in the modern era.  To fast forward to just the last century or so there had been cases of corporal punishment that wasn’t just extended toward children, but also toward women as well.  It wasn’t until the […]

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For Black Male Intellectuals Who Have Considered Suicide When Black Women Were Too Much

[Editor’s note:  The gross generalizations when using the blanket terms of “black women” or “black men” are not to be understood as engaging the stereotype of “all” and lumping everyone into broad categories.  But for the sake of easy communication in an already lengthy blog post, please adjust your comprehension accordingly.  That is to say, […]

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For Colored Persons Who Have Considered Suicide When Being “Black In America” Is Enough: An Uppity Negro Response to CNN’s Black In America III

I know that’s a long title and certainly hyperbolic, but I think it addresses the gutted and eviscerated feeling that I experienced watching CNN’s Soledad O’Brien “Almighty Debt” a Black In America special.  Granted I went into this third installment of the Black In America series with some serious preconceived notions.  Rightly so I believe. […]

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Tolerance and Acceptance Goes Both Ways: A Response to “The Mean Girls of Morehouse College”

It’s hard being in the minority. It’s hard being the only black person in a classroom or the workplace.  It’s hard being the only woman on a board of directors or sitting on a pulpit rostrum.  This is because our societal psychology dictates that we fall back on stereotypical extrapolation to understand people: the only […]

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“Don’t Talk About My Mama!” and Other Problems With Black Intellectual Rhetoric

We’ve all had that moment when we realize that a conversation somehow strayed down a rabbit-hole and turned into a debate, and that debate got intense and turned into an argument.  Somewhere deep down inside you were maintaining your cool when all of a sudden the other Negro made it personal and said something about […]

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Lies My Community Told Me: “Black Folk Don’t Do Those Things!”

Like many black folks around this country, our hearts sank, yet again when we discovered that the shooter at the Manchester, Connecticut Budweiser Hartford Distribution plant was black.  I, like others I’m sure, immediately said “Black folks don’t do those things” or something similar when we first heard about the news.  You know, black folks […]

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