Yesterday evening NPR spent a good part of the Sunday evening All Things Considered highlighting a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit. It included one segment interviewing 3 prominent Detroit natives, and one interviewing the defense attorney for three white Detroit cops charged variously with murder, conspiracy, and federal… Continue reading Remembering the July 1967 Detroit & 1917 East St. Louis Race Riots
Nine months and four days ago, riding my bicycle home with Angie and Joey from Octoberfest, my life entered the cusp of leave this world. For days, death was held in the balance. For weeks, my mental capacities continued to hang in the balance. For me, this July 4th is not an Independence Day. Today,… Continue reading Healing America
I’m now in my second month serving as the Interim Director for the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) in the iSchool at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. But I’ve also served as a senior research scientist with the Center since it’s inception a couple of years ago. It might be asked why this focus on… Continue reading Why Digital Inclusion
The other day I shared a video from Sojourners magazine, that highlights and builds upon the results from a recent Public Religion Research Institute survey. From the article introducing the video: While about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings — like the ones that killed Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, and so many more — are… Continue reading Why does the argument of white vs black have to carry on?
It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. Eugene Ionesco I am an educator both as vocation and avocation, although I do not have a formal education degree. And while I can deliver a strong 3-hour lecture with the best of them, I much prefer to leave behind the banking model of education… Continue reading Problem-posing Education