Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

 Last month, a man was shot six times while being restrained at a gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His name was Alton Sterling. He was black, and the cop who chose to kill him was white. Many people would argue that racial identity doesn’t matter in a case like this, but for black people, Alton Sterling wasn’t an exception, he was the rule. For … Continue reading Black People Dying Ain’t New, It’s the Status Quo of American History

In The Case For Alton Sterling, Excuses Are For White Supremacy

Around 12 A.M. Tuesday, Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was around the same time that the Baton Rouge Police Department received a call that an African-American male in a red shirt was seen pointing a gun at someone outside of the same convenience store. Police showed up, and found Alton Sterling, in a red shirt, … Continue reading In The Case For Alton Sterling, Excuses Are For White Supremacy

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

Meet the Four African American 6th Graders Who Penned the Heartbreaking Letter to President Obama

Four 6th Graders decided to do a research project on the Black Lives Matter Movement. The statistics they found on the bleak hope of black youth today are what prompted them to write a letter to president Obama on the urgency of addressing racism. Since posting the letter to my blog, the kids have been gaining notoriety and were asked to read it live at … Continue reading Meet the Four African American 6th Graders Who Penned the Heartbreaking Letter to President Obama

Four African American 6th Graders’ Open Letter to the President on the Urgency of Racism

Last week, at the school where I work, I was approached by a 6th grade teacher to review the work by several of his African American students. It was an open letter to president Obama on the bleak fate of African American youth today. The level of awareness these youth display towards their reality is all too clear in this letter. As soon as I … Continue reading Four African American 6th Graders’ Open Letter to the President on the Urgency of Racism

Lessons From Mizzou

When the University of Missouri was founded, slavery was not just an acceptable practice, it was the law. Slaves built the buildings of Mizzou, and in 1839, blacks were not allowed admittance. Mizzou wasn’t different than any other university at the time, where it was common knowledge the only place a black person could go for an education was at an HBCU (Historically Black College … Continue reading Lessons From Mizzou