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Racism and America Earlier this year, I participated in an event called “Let’s Talk: Improving Racial and Cultural Relationships” at the Universalist Unitarian Church. The event consisted of two large group 4-hour workshops and 2-3 small group discussions around Ta-Nehesi…

Kneeling for equality I’m often asked by eager learners who, out of respect, would like to know my intellectual stance on players kneeling during the national anthem. Growing up as a young inner city youth in Chicago and now being…

The shadow of a bullet Mother’s Day weekend in May 2000, my life drastically changed. My 20-year-old brother Michael Taylor was shot one time in the abdomen by a rookie Chicago police officer, Nail Majid. I often wonder if terrorism…

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No Justice or Mercy in Donald Trump’s Department of Justice In the introduction to his book, “Just Mercy,” Bryan Stevenson writes: “This book is about getting closer to mass incarceration and extreme punishment in America. It’s about how easily we…

The road to redemption; a change is coming soon Two of the greatest mysteries that still haunt us as Americans are who killed JFK and Dr. King. What is not a mystery is how we have treated each other so…

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Defending the Indefensible There is a strong probability that Donald Trump’s campaign and the Trump Administration are in collusion with Russia. The more information revealed the more convinced I am that we are in a national security crisis. It has…

I too am America As I ponder what it is to be an American, in a country that has been honorable as a melting pot but also discriminative in its practices, I have often realized that ismism also has been…

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A state of Cognitive Dissonance We are in the fourth month of the Trump presidency, but it feels like it’s been a year. This administration’s plans appear to be: throw so much crap at one time that we either grow…

The Women’s Revolution: The Struggle Continues With the continued struggle of “lives matter” in the United States, it never ceases to amaze me that Americans have slowly forgotten that women, especially white women, have been and still remain one of…

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The legacy of Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. President Obama said her entire name when he thanked her for taking on a role that she hadn’t wanted or bargained for during his farewell address in Chicago. It’s true, she…