#J4TM Wringing Out Our Biases

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President Obama’s very personal reflections on the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial struck a chord with me. I appreciated how he eloquently spoke to a reality that me and numerous other African-American males face too frequently in this country. There has always been and continues to be a presumption that young Black males are […]

Earning to Give or Renting Out Your Soul

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William MacAskill, founder and president of 80,000 Hours (an ethical careers advisory service) provided interesting advice for those seeking to “make a difference” in the world. He advises us (I consider myself one who wishes to make a difference) that the best way to make a difference is to earn a lot of money, then […]

I Was Jordan Davis (Almost)

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The slaying of Jordan Davis on Black Friday by Michael Dunn has got me contemplating my own mortality lately. But for a few differences, I could have been Jordan Davis eighteen years ago. My story begins at an evening Christmas party for my church youth group in the Tidewater area of Virginia. My friends and […]

How President Obama Killed Primrose Everdeen

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Spoiler Alert: If you have not read the third book in the hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, and you do not want to know a significant plot detail, do not read this blog. The upcoming presidential debate of foreign policy ought to be full of fire and bluster as President Obama attempts to paint Governor Romney as […]

Hope 2012 Blogging Relay: Hope is a Communal Virtue

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Melanie Crutchfield was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics to start, “Hope 2012: A Blog Relay,” in which she and a few of her blogging friends would blog about hope and invite others to do the same. I do not know Melanie. Nevertheless, her plan seems to be working as I was invited to participate in […]

Ethics of Football as “The Only Way Out” for Urban Boys

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My spouse and I worshipped at an historic Black Baptist Church in New York City a few weeks ago. During the welcome and remarks, the worship leader acknowledged the church-sponsored youth basketball team for playing its way into the AAU national tournament. A little later in the service, the leader acknowledged a young man who […]

On this day, 44 Years Ago, a King was Assassinated

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Since I am writing a book (ok, a doctoral dissertation, but it helps me to think about it as something that will actually get read by someone other than my advisors one day) on the American reconstruction of Martin Luther King, Jr. I have been thinking a lot about him lately. I am currently in […]