How I’m Seeing the World with Very Little and How You Can Too.

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Chiangmai, Thailand

When I was a kid well into my adulthood, my dad traveled a great deal as a global church leader . While I hated that my dad was always gone, I loved the treasures and stories dad brought back upon his return. When we developed the film from dad’s travel camera, I would gaze at each picture a bit longer than normal, letting my imagination take me where he’d been.

My desire to travel peaked in college when opportunities to study abroad were presented to me . That dream was deferred as quickly as it was sparked because I had no money and I would not dare ask my parents to foot another bill with my student loans already piling up. When my cousin took me post college on an all expense paid trip to Karlsrue,Germany as he scouted out talented African immigrant soccer players there, my love for travel was solidified.When I enrolled in grad school a year after my trip to Germany, there were several travel study trips offered by my school, but again, I could not afford to go because I didn’t have money and didn’t know how to get some to travel.Thanks to the help of a friend who knew how to take advantage of the education we were paying for by seeking out grants, we sought out a grant that allowed us to do 2 peace building workshops at two after school programs in post conflict Liberia. …


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When the news of the Trump administration’s cruel family separation policy became national news; as one always ready to advocate for a just world for marginal people, I took to social media to see how activists, particularly black activists were talking about and responding so that I could find ways to plug in. To my delight, I found many black activists speaking truth to power using various platforms. In fact, As I worked on this piece, a black woman was being asked to come down from the the statute of liberty, which she’d climbed as an act of protest to the hypocrisy of the American government in separating families at the border. In addition, I came across a video of NFL players giving their time and gifts to show love to detained migrant children .Over 600 United Methodist clergy and lay members signed a petition to take Jeff Sessions, a professed United Methodist to a church trial because of his misuse of the bible in condoning abuse at the border and many have since marched on Washington to demand an end to this cruel policy. …


Things Black People do that are Sure to get Racists Bothered;A Short, Non -Exhaustive List.

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Knowing how much of a detriment the police are to black lives, it is not far fetched to claim that there is a sect of white people who are on a mission to eradicate black people for daring to be and to thrive despite oppression. This act that is as old as America’s genocidal history and as American as apple pie has had viral runs in the last month.

The run began On April 12th, 2018 when a Starbucks employee called the police on two young black men waiting to have a meeting at a Philadelphia Starbucks because they did not buy anything. About a week ago, a white Yale student called the police on a black Yale student for napping in the common area of a dorm, and despite proof that she was a student and lived in that dorm, the police refused to take her word until it was verified by school authorities. Not long after, Nancy Bedard, a black attorney from Brooklyn, NY and her daughter were accused for shoplifting despite proof that they took nothing and in addition, the cops were called even as they walked away from the situation. Most recently, a white woman called the cops on a black family barbecuing in a city park in Oakland, CA that their tax dollars helped to fund.Though these episodes are infuriating because they could have taken a turn for the worst, black people sometimes can’t help but laugh at the absurdity and irrational nature of racism. For example, I, like most of social media, was tickled by Oakland’s black resident’s response to racism in their park and the internet’s epic meme-ing of the Oakland complainer via memes.

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