Everything is Broken

Everything is broken. Like this country. Yesterday I waited on hold for more than 25 minutes to make an appointment for an x-ray at a local hospital.  It was the second time in two days that I had called andRead the Rest »

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How an Episode from Everybody Hates Chris Reminded Me of My Boarding School Experience

One of my favorite episodes from the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris goes something like this:  Chris and his mother are watching a holiday news broadcast.  Suddenly the boy’s teacher from his new, white school enters the screen. As the teacherRead the Rest »

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Dear White People, Sigh

I have always thought of the “Dear White People” editorials as gags, devices used by people of color to highlight the many misunderstandings that non-people of color have about us. Until I got an email from a white former classmateRead the Rest »

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New Yorkers Are Being Murdered by the Federal Government

Last week some members of the media heralded White House PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor for her brisk questioning of 45, yet again, during one of his daily freakshows. At one of these circuses, where 45 seldom remembers the dead butRead the Rest »

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Naming the Monster: Misogyny in the Black Community

I love you Tamron Hall, but you’re wrong.  Wrong to pardon Snoop Dogg so easily for threatening journalist Gayle King’s life.  Wrong to give him a pass after his weak apology more than a week later.  I get that heRead the Rest »

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Vito Boscaino Hates Me, and I Don’t Know Why

Sunday December 19, 2020 Vito Boscaino hates me, and I don’t know why.  A few days ago, he posted on Facebook a doctored photo of Michelle Obama that portrayed her as a man with a beard and referred to herRead the Rest »

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Why Black People Shouldn’t Care About the Sussexes & Megxit

It was 1994, and I was a junior fundraising employee at New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) when I found out that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, would be visiting our youth programs.  The senior fundraising position was vacant,Read the Rest »

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Pilgrimage to Ghana

I am one of the lucky ones.  One of the almost one million African diasporic people who visited Ghana as part of the Year of Return—a campaign designed by the Ghanaian government to invite all Africans home.  The indigenous versionRead the Rest »

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Amazing Grace or Amazing Ignorance?

When I was a seventh grader in a Massachusetts boarding school my hall prefect told me that all Black people look alike.  I laughed—or rather cackled—at the foolishness of this girl. I thought of her as “mental,” in the commonRead the Rest »

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Teach Me Tonight

When I was an undergrad at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, I was in an often-rancorous class called Race Relations in American Society. This nontraditional course was taught on Thursday evenings by a Black former military officer, Jim Vance, thenRead the Rest »

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