What’s the Difference Between White Liberal Rhetoric and True Advocacy?

One of my oldest friends has a service job, work truck, hard hat, uniform, the whole bit. He often has to visit people at their home to do prep work before they start major projects that require digging and potentially hitting power, gas, and cable lines. He’s told me stories about white women watching him …

Must We Uphold Freedom of Speech for Everyone? Sadly, Yes

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody. I wish I could offer you a moving story about one-sided obsession turned happily ever after. Maybe a little family redemption and faith or something equally loving. But instead of spreading a written song of passion and care, I’m going to talk about yet another sad social media-related incident. This one …

Kobe Bryant, Felicia Sonmez, and the Case of the Poorly Timed Tweet

So, it’s been less than a week since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the world is mourning his death. There have been tributes all over the world, and endless news cycles reporting every detail of …

Meghan and Harry Can’t Win for Losing

So, everyone’s favorite couple – almost everyone – Meghan and Harry shocked the world this week when they announced plans to step back from senior roles in royal life, presumably to have a life, but also to work toward financial self-sufficiency. Sounds good, right? Who doesn’t want to be financially self-sufficient? But their decision has, like …

A Black Woman’s Life Was Ruined by a WhatsApp Image She Didn’t Even See

I don’t want to believe that when people of color are excessively punished for the flimsiest crimes, it’s related to race. I tend to over examine situations because I don't want to be accused of pulling the race card. But sometimes there’s just no other reasonable explanation. These were my thoughts when I read the …