I didn’t come here to confront my graduate school’s president publicly at an undeniably high decibel (vid link). I didn’t come here to do the work of a higher education consultant on how to implement institutional change for racial equity. I didn’t come here to co-organize a student protest (vid link) that would be a cathartic lament for some, a triggering necessary evil for more, a testament to God’s demand for racial equity to many, and a disgraceful thorn for plenty others. I didn’t come here to do this. I came to Fuller Theological Seminary to get a degree. I…


The horror that R. Kelly has brought to literally countless children, women and families for the last three decades is beyond words. I searched for adjectives twisted enough, vile enough to define it, but failed. Some evil is just that way; wordless traumatized victims prove it to us again and again. Still what’s equally horrific is the beast that birthed and has sustained this charismatic monster. It is the broader culture of misogynoir that taught him this behavior is ok and provided him with an army of supporters to enable his sick fantasies. Drea Kelly, his ex-wife said it plain…


I sit here and my mind is flooded with so many reasons why I don’t want to write about this. (Stay with me. This matters too.) First of all I wish this wasn’t real. I was raised on a polite dose of respectability politics. My mother is a Latina immigrant and my father is Black from the westside of Detroit. They were both first in their families to get college degrees. They broke through ceilings that my brother and I would now walk on. That was the dream. Higher education for us was a given. Upward mobility was a given…

Esperanza Gene

Citizen of many borderlands living with God, Tragedy, Victory, Each-other, bravely__Art. Faith. Intellect. Justice. Wholeness. repeat.

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