Last month, I was invited to speak at Amherst Regional High School as the keynote speaker for their Black History Month Teach-In, here is the full talk. Advertisements Continue reading The Importance of Black History
Crowds lined up throughout Colorado as marijuana dispensaries opened up this week after the state legalized recreational Marijuana use. Other than Colorado to be the first state to make Marijuana a capitalist venture, dozens of others have either legalized the medical use of marijuana or decriminalized it. I don’t want to discuss the science of marijuana to justify it, and I’m also not here advocating … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Drug Wars, Neither of Which Speak To The Core of The Issue: Race
Been wrestling with my conscience all day as to how productive sharing this picture would be. Apparently, some people thought it’d be funny to get in blackface and be Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween. I think it’s vital for people to understand how real institutional racism is when looking at the current disparities that exist in America. But now that I’m looking at … Continue reading What The Trayvon Martin Halloween Costume Tells Us
This post was written by Gabriel Baillargeon, a photographer based in the western Massachusetts area. “White is an attitude, not a color.” – James Baldwin Recently, in mid-July of this year, I had been one of the few white faces that had attended the Trayvon Martin Candlelight Vigil held at the courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts. The rest of those who attended represented the many generations … Continue reading Trayvon, And The Complicity of White Privilege
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards…Though race-related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not … Continue reading After Trayvon: Where Do We Go From Here?