The Emancipation of the Black Athlete

When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the National Anthem, he did so to raise the conversation of black genocide at the hands of the state. If there is any indicator as to how urgent it was for him to do so, it was in the response from the viewers, the fans, the owners, and even our President. It has been a message that … Continue reading The Emancipation of the Black Athlete

The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

A few days ago the Grand Rapids Police department released a body camera video from an incident involving two officers, and five black boys. The police were looking for an armed robbery suspect, and apparently these boys fit the description. The description apparently being black male. None of these boys turned out to be who they were looking for. The police officers later visited these … Continue reading The Police Camera Shows Us #BlackBoyJoy Can’t Exist, Not When Guns Are Drawn

A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

Recently, four 6th graders at the school I work at wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It’s a powerful letter, and you can read it here. So powerful is the letter, in fact, it received thousands of shares, tv stations ran the story, and just a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama even wrote back. What’s more inspiring is while … Continue reading A White 6th Grader’s Letter on #BlackLivesMatter and Being an Ally

Barack Obama Responds to the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter on #BlackLivesMatter

It’s been almost 3 months since I first shared the letter from the four African American 6th graders–Zayd, Phoenix, Keidy, and Bryson–addressed to President Barack Obama. In the letter, they point to the depressing statistics facing African American youth today, and inform Obama that as an African American in the highest elected office, he has a duty to helping find solutions to institutional racism. The … Continue reading Barack Obama Responds to the Four African American 6th Graders’ Letter on #BlackLivesMatter

‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black

I was 12 years old when my father took me to see ‘Ali’ in theaters. A 12-year-old black boy, staring at who I wanted to become. what black boy wouldn’t want to be the champ? I got chills with his speech on why he wouldn’t go fight in Vietnam: “I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want … Continue reading ‘Ali Bomaye!’: Thank You For Being Unapologetically Black

The Nuances Behind Charlie Hebdo, and How We Act

On Wednesday, we witnessed 12 people people pay the ultimate price for free speech. I of all people know how valuable free speech is, this blog is a testament to that sacredness. But we need to be honest about how we honor these lives, and to what extent we criticize what Charlie Hebdo stood up to. There is a fine line between defending free speech, … Continue reading The Nuances Behind Charlie Hebdo, and How We Act