Having grown up in a working-class black family, I'd attended public schools until 9th grade, but I was awarded an academic scholarship to a private school for 9th-12th grade. Some of my friends from the public schools warned me that I shouldn't go there. Words like "snobs" were often used to describe my potential future... Continue Reading →
I'm having a hard time interpreting President-Elect Trump's response and that of those supporting his statement any way other than "minorities, we are not interested in your grievances or concerns. Just shut up and entertain us."
Yesterday evening, #ImVotingBecause was trending on Twitter, and I decided to participate as such: #ImVotingBecause my Daddy fought 4 freedom in WW2 & Korea but came home to "get 2 the back of the bus where u belong, nigger!" #Election2016 — Ben Lewis (@benelou) November 7, 2016 I received a number of kind responses, but in reading... Continue Reading →
(Note: I've been working on this piece for nearly a month, and over that time have realized that my thoughts are probably best broken up into two parts--one on generic privilege, and a second on white privilege. I plan to post part two in a few days.) I'd like to tackle a topic that in recent times... Continue Reading →
If I end up posting to this blog more than this one time, I'll give more of my background, but for now, here's what you may find useful to understand where I'm coming from: I am a 40something black Christian male who was raised in a working-class black home/neighborhood in the Deep South (Columbus, GA,) won... Continue Reading →