03 Aug 2009

Death, Dishonesty & The GOP

In an effort to defeat universal health care, conservatives are engaging in a campaign of lies that will ultimately cause more families to suffer needlessly at a most painful time. As someone who worked for years with end-of-life care issues, and spent years working in the HIV/AIDS community, I cannot

30 Jul 2009

Sotomayor & The Vulcan Standard, Pt. 2

A few years ago, when we still had time for such things, my husband and I belonged to a book group. One of the last books the group read before it’s leader moved away (and, having become a first-time parent that year, I declined to be in charge of much

28 Jul 2009

Back To Black Man 101

Henry Louis Gates and I are very different people. He is a Harvard Professor. The closest I got to the Ivy League was a weekend visit to Yale. He is a successful author. I am a blogger whose aspirations may outstrip his abilities. He is world renowned. I am, well,

27 Jul 2009

Sotomayor & The Vulcan Standard, Pt. I

I was probably an annoying person to have around if you were watching the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. I was so frustrated listening to them that I couldn’t help … um … talking back to the television. There is, after all, only so much the mind can take before it explodes.

27 Jun 2009

For Michael

We all have a few of them. Those “where-were-you-when” moments that simultaneously help define generations and span generational differences. Our parents and grandparents may recall where they were when FDR died or when they heard that Kennedy — John or Bobby — was assassinated. Or when they got news of

15 Jun 2009

Conscience & Dr. Tiller, Pt 1

A couple of years ago, I’d never heard of Dr. George Tiller, but I posted a couple of times about late-term abortion, and some of the reasons why some women seek a medical professional who’s willing and able to do the procedure. Later, I posted about the stories of two

29 May 2009

The Day Will Come, Pt. 1

i Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. The morning of November 5th, 2008, was bittersweet. I awoke that morning, after Barack Obama’s historic, with a sense of hope diminished by a nagging despair following the

23 May 2009

The Master’s Tools, Pt. 2 of 2

(Read part 1.) For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. ~ Audre Lourde The other reason I finally felt the need to speak about

22 May 2009

The Master’s Tools, Pt. 1 of 2

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house… ~ Audre Lourde That’s for Marion Barry, a number of D.C.’s black ministers, and many African-Americans who seem to need the reminder. When the D.C. city council voted to recognize same-sex marriage, I blogged about it. I didn’t blog about

21 May 2009

A Nation of Cowards, Pt 1

Eric Holder was right. We are a nation of cowards. One might say that Attorney General Holder is proving himself to be part of that “nation of cowards” that he called the United States in a different context, i.e. our unwillingness to address the issue of race. What about when