Equity and Justice Quotient: A new Approach to Structural Anti-racism
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. Toni Morrison The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice. Bryan Stevenson Today: Today’s leaders…Read More
Structural Racism in Academia: Breaking the Sounds of Silence
One of the conventional lessons of leadership I was told by those I respect is to never look back at what happens in your former leadership positions. It is a given that your successor will espouse her or his philosophy, policy, and practices that may or may not align with yours. That is okay. It…Read More
From 1619 to COVID-19: A Double Pandemic
In a recent Town Hall meeting organized by the Dean of the School of Public health at Georgia State (@PHGSU) to discuss racial equity in response to the pandemic of racism, following the murder of George Floyd, I gave examples of how to understand the pandemic of racism that tend to remain unaddressed, even when…Read More
Racism is Global – Time to Wake Up!
The political architecture of colonialism is structural racism. Racism is the house, which is to say it is the brick and mortar that frame and structure the rooms, the corridors, and ultimately the whole house. It is education and values that made the house into a home for colonialism in many African countries. An artificial…Read More
Embracing Difference as Cultural Healing
In my last blog on Black Male phobia, I addressed the police fear of the Black male body and raised questions about what we should do to address this form of fear. The challenge of addressing racism rests on us all and there are actions we can begin to take to create healing spaces for…Read More
Black Male Phobia – Is it Bias, Fear or…?
At a family gathering over the Easter break, a conversation arose over the various kinds of phobias people have. Of particular interest is when what is feared by one person is treasured by another. There are some kinds of fear for which general acceptance or at least understanding can be assured even by those who…Read More
Ownership of Coffee, Fries and Fashion – When you claim with the confidence to proclaim
To claim your space is to embrace your space, but to own your space is to have a sense of pride in it deep enough to proclaim it and invite others to share in it. To own does not always mean to lay claim to the originality of an idea or the products that result…Read More