Flowering out of the Fracture

Our democracy is not inevitable, and neither are the socio-political-economic rules we have tacitly agreed to live by. The fragility of our system of government, or our government itself, is as inspiring to me as it is frightening.

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Shadows of Jordan Peele’s Us

At its best, horror is a genre of deep metaphor. And Jordan Peele is Its Best. Us explores dual identities, what is recognized and what is hidden, what is acceptable and what is not, citizens and second-class citizens, the human and sub-human. It is about segregation, inequity, and identity. As such, Us is absolutely about Race in America without ever explicitly naming race in America.

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Who Voted For Trump?

Rich people who don’t want to pay taxes; Single issue “pro-life” voters; Lifelong Republicans whose identity is tied into party affiliation; Frightened people. Most Americans agree with Democratic policies, so Republicans earn their votes with a steady dose of “scary stories and threats.”

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Do I Hate Our Country?

my spongy, precocious childmind did what we humans are so good at: it looked at the evidence that was given to me, detected a pattern, and drew a conclusion based upon that pattern. Slavery, killing Indians, Civil Rights Movement = White People Suck and The US Sucks

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The Wrong Question

I am beyond tired of the “is he or isn’t he racist” debate that leaps onto center stage whenever someone says or does something offensive, supports legislation that will maintain inequity, or harms a Black person. If the subject of the question is a White person who was raised in the US, the answer to the question is yes. Always yes. 99.999% yes.

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Not Monsters: Americans

It is possible that those police officers are psychopaths, but it is a thousand times more likely that they, just like us, are the products of a racist education, racist myths, and racist media. Some of us are lucky enough to have been born into or found a community that attempts to deracinate that American foundation; others wind up in frightened, ignorant White families or frightened, toxic police departments that cultivate and extend those racist roots.

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