100 Things I Know #17 – I Know I Don’t Know What It Means To Be Black In America

Let me say it again, just to be clear.   I know that I don't know what it means to be black in America. That’s an awkward way to say it.   Here's what I mean. § I am white, and I am privileged.   And for most of my adult life, that privilege was invisible …

100 Things I Know #8 – Something Is Wrong

This is not rocket science.   Murder, rape, theft, betrayal, lying, abuse, racism, injustice, war…make your own list.   These actions and institutions feel wrong to us.   They seem so "not right."   Less extreme are the choices many of us face each day, often compelled by this idea: “Do the right thing.”   Politics is made of battles …

I Repent: Words for Charleston

After the Charleston tragedy, I posted this on Facebook: “No words for what happened in Charleston. Just no words...stunning...” I was right in one sense.   It was stunning. I wrong about the other part. There are words. There must be words.   In Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable, Charles P. Pierce challenges us …