That Which Silences Hate

(Image: The Guardian)  “It came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister’s frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment skin. Betsie,…

The Very Thin Line Between Chaos and Calm

Growing up, I used to pour over the Laura Ingalls Wilder books—fascinated by her seemingly endless adventures. The books got pretty dog-eared; Exhibit A: In one of the books, she wrote of a time she and her family—as they were still in the middle of building their log home on the prairie—found themselves surrounded by…

Let’s Talk About Daniel Shaver

I did something the other day that I routinely criticize others for doing. I reacted to a video emotionally, with zero context, zero insight, zero research. I watched the officer involved shooting of Daniel Shaver, and cringed. I listened to the bizarre commands and watched as a crying drunk man was shot in a hotel…

End of Watch: Dying on the Thin Blue Line

My daughter’s favorite movie is Disney’s “The Jungle Book” –and she absolutely adores Baloo the bear. In the next to last scene, everyone thinks Baloo’s been killed by Sher Khan the tiger in an effort to save the man cub Mowgli. As Mowgli realizes what’s just happened, Bagheera the panther comforts him:  “Now, now,” says…

Black on Blue: The Numbers (7/6/2017)

I’ve been posting a graphic like this since this past year. (Here’s a refresher in case you missed the last four graphs.) Why? Because the numbers simply do not support the narrative that cops are targeting and needlessly killing African Americans en masse. And you’re not hearing this anywhere. But don’t let me sway you –…

Tough Truths: The Case of Philando Castile

The video is heartbreaking. Moments after she live-streamed the death of her boyfriend at the hands of a police officer, a woman cries as she sits in the back of a squad; her young daughter comforting her, saying “it’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you!” The little girl herself begins to cry moments later.…