America 101: Democracy

I’m starting my first special series of posts on this blog–dedicated to the inauguration of Donald Trump (what a surreal phrase to have to type)–with the supposed foundational concept of our government, and that it is a democracy. Isn’t that the primary civics lesson we all receive in grade school? That America is the Great […]

Daily Prompt: Maddening

via Daily Prompt: Maddening In his elegy to Barack Obama’s beatific presidency, “My President Was Black,” Ta-Nehisi Coates talks deeply and broadly about theĀ President’s “innate optimism and unwavering faith in the ultimate wisdom of the American people.” These sentiments, he says, are undoubtedly what allowed Obama to go from the Illinois State Senate to the […]

Daily Prompt: Anticipation

via Daily Prompt: Anticipation I didn’t always know that black people had such a fraught relationship to the United States. When I was really little, it was simply my home country. A place to which I was proud to belong. I never questioned that belonging, either. I learned–like most Gen-Xers–the Pledge of Allegiance before I […]

With Her or Against Ourselves

It pains me to have to say this, but I have to say it because I believe it, top to bottom. The fallout from thisĀ “hot mic” Trump scandal isn’t going to lead him to drop out of the Presidential race. It won’t lose him a significant number of male voters, and it won’t stop him […]