I may not get there with you…

Inauguration by Mark Fiore

Published in: on January 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wright’s “Blowback”

Here’s what the New York Times had to say about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s causal assessment of 9/11: “A useful and timely alert.”

Newsday had this to say: “[He] is on to something.” And from the Nation came this: “A straight-talking analysis.”

If Rev. Wright was guilty of anything, other than harshly speaking harsh truths, it was sins of omission. He failed (at least in the video segment I’ve seen) to exempt the actual victims of 9/11 from personal culpability. He also failed (again, in the narrow segment I’ve seen) to equally passionately denounce the always-unjustified horror of terrorism against the innocent.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 8:14 pm  Comments (1)  

The Racial Politics of Speaking Well


Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 1:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reclaiming a Black Research Scientist’s Forgotten Legacy

This gave me chills!

On the day that Percy L. Julian graduated at the top of his class at DePauw University, his great-grandmother bared her shoulders and, for the first time, showed him the deep scars that remained from a beating she had received as a slave during the last days of the Civil War. She then clutched his Phi Beta Kappa key in her hand and said, “This is worth all the scars.”

Published in: on February 7, 2007 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yes, the Ill Will Can Be Subtle. Then, One Day, It Isn’t.

January 21, 2007
This Land


Midnight in a handsome one-story house on Waterwood Drive. Hours after Ernest and Shirley Lampkins say goodnight to their teenage daughter, Brett, and to the first Sunday of the new year, a Sunday of churchgoing and turkey and chili and some of those sweet frozen grapes that Ernest likes so much. Two bullets pay a call.

Published in: on January 22, 2007 at 9:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Tale for Slavery’s Children

E.J. Dionne

“African Americans read their own collective experience into the agony and exaltation of Jesus. The story of the Christ child, blessed by God yet born in the shadow of poverty and violence, was their story. Jesus’ humble birth in antiquity signified the humble origins of African peoples in modernity. In his impoverished entry into the world, Jesus turned the tables on earthly valuations. Fulfilling the promise of the oracle that celebrates his advent in a stable, the hills of the privileged and the valleys of the humble are inverted, marking the beginning of a new era.”

— Allen Dwight Callahan, The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible”

Published in: on December 25, 2006 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment