The African American Christian male has to leverage within his own psyche vigilance, compassion, and outrage. He must be vigilant for his own safety, compassionate towards all those who bear the image of the Creator, and outraged at the many faces, modes, and mechanisms of injustice and brutality. His mental and emotional state has to … Continue reading Black Man’s Mind
I understand this image. I understand the post. I even understand the scriptures that line up with this image such as: "Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things … Continue reading Others’ Focus
Right now, I am feeling all the feelings. I am feeling the entire spectrum of feelings from rage, anger, and betrayal to the other end where love, grace, and mercy resides. Each part of who I am holds and houses it's own unique set of emotions and they are simultaneously being experienced by me right … Continue reading All The Feelings: From Rage to Remembrance
Depending on your context these images could mean that you are helping others, protecting yourself, being considerate of the welfare of others, or cause you to be seen as a threat. Not too long ago black men wearing hoodies were seen as a threat, thugs, hooligans, gangsters, and a menace to society. They were being … Continue reading One Image. Many Perceptions.
Many have found comfort in the solitude of self quarantine and stay home orders. The herds of humans hammering highways, gone. Reductions in raging rush hours, heavenly. Corralled crowds cattling coveted spaces of consumption and spoil, a thing of recent past. These events have been therapeutic and music to their wellbeing. Solitude is sanctuary and … Continue reading Loneliness
Being innovative and creative in caring for others these days is an understatement. Healthcare professionals of all disciplines have revamped how they provide services. The logistics of how we consume goods and acquire products has been reduced to drive-ups, drive-throughs, and restricted times of day. Educational systems have become learning management systems full of virtual … Continue reading Special Needs, Caregivers, and Their World Stopping.
These are strange times. But, we must collaborate and come together in order to weather this situation. We must pray for one another and be creative and innovative about how to help each other amidst complying with recommended efforts to reduce and/or eliminate the impact of this virus. Reminders There is much uncertainty about this … Continue reading Reminders
The thoughts, ideas, images, and news regarding police brutality and blacks being murdered and killed by law enforcement and whites appears to have blown up overnight. The reality and gross fact is that Black people being murdered by institutions of power is nothing new in American culture. It is in American movies, music, and everyday … Continue reading Destined for Division?
The thought and idea of pulling one's self up by their own boot straps is a fascinating idea. While it sounds good initially, there are many questions that rise. (1) What if someone doesn't have boots or straps? (2) Where do they go to acquire boots or straps? (3) What if when they get there … Continue reading Boots and Straps
In her 2015 TedTalk, “How to fix a broken school? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard”, Linda Cliatt-Wayman cited one of her catch phrases, “So What, Now What?” She reported that after all of the facts, numbers and statistics regarding the atrocities and difficulties of specific declining schools what are “we” going to do about it? While … Continue reading A Call To Care