RECONCILIATION: WILL THE BLACK AND WHITE COMMUNITIES EVER END THE TENSION

“Ease the tension.” a history of tension In the United States over the past few centuries the tensions between the White and Black population has gotten better, but still remain a focal point of discussion in America. And now with the introduction of other groups into the mix like the Hispanic and Middle Eastern community, the dynamics just became more complicated. But over the recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of racially motivated problems acrossRead more

INTERRACIAL DECISION MAKING: WHY I HAVE NEVER DATED OUTSIDE MY ETHNICITY

“Such a difficult decision.” interracial  Within my life, I have ever dated outside my ethnicity. Not that I don’t find anyone attractive, it’s more than just that. It’s a social aspect of living in America. Living i this country long enough, you realize there is a stigma with being in a relationship with a Black male. So I never even held a real conversation with a woman of another group in years. So I guess you can say I liveRead more

PLAYING FAVORITES: ARE BLACK WOMEN REALLY NOT A DATING CHOICE

“The selection process.” the dating pool In the selection process of dating for so long, there is this held belief that Black women are never the first choice for dating. Now as a man, I don’t believe in that, but let’s for a second observe the theory here. I myself, even though I am an African American, don’t fully understand the selection viewpoint of Black women. Not because I don’t care, mainly because in the paradigm of living have focusedRead more

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT: THE UNCOMFORTABLE ASPECTS OF PATROLLING THE INNER CITY

“Why am I here?” not my community Growing up for me in the inner city, the police patrolling the neighborhood was something commonplace. And you would think seeing the police patrolling would be something that is welcomed. Only  thing is that the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community has been fragmented for quite some time. And as I got older I looked in the faces of some of the men in uniform and asked myself the question,Read more

FORCED OUT: WHAT IS COMING OF MOSTLY BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS BECAUSE OF GENTRIFICATION

“We’re moving out, they’re moving in.” a harsh reality For me growing up in a predominantly Black neighborhood, I have seen over the recent years a lot of major changes. And the most obvious shift has been the demographics of people moving in as we are moving out. The Black community has taken a shift where I was at a McDonald’s the other night and saw two teenage White girls who lived up the street. And this was deep intoRead more

WHITE PRIVILEGE: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN REALLY

“Living the lap of what, really.” ideology In the United States of social issues in America we are constantly inundated with terminology that shapes our society. And one of those terms is, “White Privilege.” But what does it truly mean here in America? Does it mean White people are afforded thew ability to do things no one else does? Does it mean White men and women are given a benefit of the doubt over other groups? Because I come fromRead more

RACIAL DISCOMFORT: WHY BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE IN EACH OTHER’S SPACES

“Still discomfort after a few hundred years.” so so uncomfortable Black and White, the two constructs that have kept America in social strife for the past few hundred years. And still to this day there is this discomfort within both communities. But when you look at the time-frame you can’t help but feel more discomfort at how long it’s been going on. And what is the real discomfort because for two groups to be sharing a nation and living soRead more

BLACK DOLLARS LOST: WHY THE BLACK COMMUNITY MAY BE FINANCIALLY POOR

“A few trillion, yet broke.” the community The African American community has is a financial base that constitutes roughly $2.5 trillion dollars of the American economy. But when you look as a whole, there is still a high level of poverty that exist within the communities throughout the country. And what are some of the driving forces behind the poverty. There are skeptics that will have a wide range of feelings. Views like Black people being shut out of businessRead more

THE LOGIC AGAINST THE EMOTION: WHY THE PUSH AGAINST IMMIGRATION WON’T WORK

“Build it longer, stronger, still won’t help.” immigration Since the presidential run of Donald Trump, the sentiment of protecting our borders and removing illegal immigrants from the country have been a topic of discussion. And for the most part, these immigrants have come from countries south of the United States borders. Not too many from Canada, throughout Europe, Africa, or Asia; but from Mexico and Central America. And my criticism of the removal is not because mainly the separation ofRead more

THE ILLUSION OF HARDSHIP: ARE RACE RELATIONS WORSE OR DO WE SEE MORE NOW

“Bad or getting better?” a history of segregation For the past few centuries, America has had this relationship that still until today has gripped the country. And now you look at the landscape of America and you wonder how far have we really come. Are things better or are the worse? Do we have to continue to fight, or is there less being fed to us more often that causes the problems we have in society? Because if you areRead more