I remember it was, Sixty-seven years ago, my grandmother passed. An event I’m surprised I even remember, considering I was six years old at the time.
Family from all over came to Syracuse to bury their mother. My Uncle’s house was packed; he was holding the repast dinner. Several of my cousins, some older, some the same age as me, tried making our way through the crowded rooms to get something to eat.
Suddenly, I heard two men yelling and screaming at each other. Two older brothers were in a heated argument and screaming words at each other no six-year-old…
When I was very young, my maternal grandmother died. I might have been 5 or 6 at the time. The family was at my Uncle Luther’s house, and two of my uncles got into a significant argument. Accusations and threats were flying from both while everyone stood around watching.
It got to be too much for my mother. She started screaming at them, took the liquor bottle both uncles were drinking from, and smashed it into smithereens. Seeing my mom crying, I too started crying, not having any context for my outbursts other than seeing my mother upset.
I read your Medium article, Eight Problems With Critical Race Theory, in anticipation of learning something new on this topic. Instead, I got a subjective and questionable analysis on a topic I wonder if you know much about., Your critique of CRT from an Afro-Europen perspective, to be blunt, is flawed to the point of insulting.
While you intimated racial classifications are an artificial construct, you conveniently left out they were developed and perpetuated by Europeans who always placed the white race ahead of all others.
And as European explorers sailed from their homelands to pursue adventure, fame, and…
Sadly, as indicated in your article, you fit the profile. Black man driving a BMW, malfunctioning tale light, and the sudden lane change. Bad enough you were driving a BMW while Black, but the lane change, well that sealed it for the cop, you had to be smoking something.
The phony ‘it smells like you were smoking weed’ was in the mind of the cop going to get him an arrest and boost his creds with his fellow officers. …
Until a few months ago, CRT wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen, and now it’s become the latest boogyman.
Those on the right, specifically the Heritage Foundation, have become adept at stirring up parents – many who are highly reactive – to make outlandish demands on a topic they know next to nothing about.
I’ve notice critics of CRT stress the fact it’s taught by liberal professors in liberal universities. They desperately want their children to graduate from those same universities and brag about when asked how their kids are doing at college.
Their hypocrisy is boundless.
The best defense against ignorance is knowledge. Better to know and understand what CRT is than to pretend you do base on manufactured lies constructed to do nothing but elicit raw emotional responses, which lead to ugly outcomes based on the lies being told
Interesting and instructive article. Found myself thinking back to my junior high schools days when we covered the topic slavery. In my high school American History class, it was discussed from the viewpoint of it being the cause of the Civil War. Those classes stuck with me to this day.
As I moved on to a class in World History, it covered the history of Europe, but the nib of slavery was intertwined in the discussion not from the aspect of chattel slavery but slavery of conquest. Which, for me, solidified the horrors of chattel slavery practiced in the United…
Piers Morgan, and others need to leave Simone Biles alone.
If you think this young lady doesn’t want to compete, you are wrong.
There isn’t a person on earth who hasn’t seen what she can do. Her practices alone could set records. There is no doubt in my mind her announcement of withdrawing from the Olympic finals is crushing for her. She has proven she is a tough competitor. So if she is mentally not in the moment, she runs the risk of not only physically hurting herself but mentally as well.
For me, I see a young Black woman…
Reading this excellent piece I found myself lingering on one specific clause, "schools are no longer segregated." For me the essence of your entire argument.
The racial slurs and epithets one can endure, but, short change them on education you not only harm them but either willingly or unwillingly this racist policy impacts those who administer it as well.
Wealth is not just the material things one has acquired, but it is also the intellectual capital and to short change oneself of this because of racist policies in my opinion is indeed the proverbial cutting your nose of to spite your face.
Our past and current racist polices around education continue to slow and restrict our growth.
Appreciate you writing this fine piece.
Mr. Smith, your reason for opposition to discussing CRT is precisely why it needs to be addressed. Let me correct that, discussed and understood what it really is and is not.
As I said, CRT has been around for quite some time. However, since the promotion of the 1619 project, it’s suddenly become a problem. Let me be franker since Donald Trump** and his rabbit pet racist Stephen Miller, the muddying of conversion around race has escalated.
The country’s racism is an undeniable fact and an integral part of the country’s history. Nichole Hanna Jones is not the first individual…
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God, he created them; male and female, he created them.
— Gen 1:27
I have lived long enough to know encounters with the police, for someone who looks like me, can suddenly go off the rails regardless of my standing in the community. Living where I did, being pulled over by the local police, was inevitable. Fortunately, most encounters were noneventful.
However, I remember one I found puzzling. It occurred at a police station in the town of Berlin adjacent to where I lived. …