Sea-green designates more than a color. A sea-green is a place, a place defined as…’land overflowed by the sea in spring tides.’…If the greenhouse effect proves true and the ocean level rises, then politicians, highway engineers, biologists, real-estate developers, and others will pay much attention to the sea-greens becoming salt marsh. But who will speak […]Read more "Book Review: Shallow Water Dictionary"
The Washington Post recently featured an article that talked about the increasing percentage of youth in America who both live in poverty and attend public schools. The article was problematic in itself — and not only because the actual study, if you look it up, points out that more than half of children in public […]Read more "More than 1/2 of Public School Children are Low-Income: Or, why we need to stop talking about “equality”"
Freedom’s a-Callin Me (2012) by Ntozake Shange (illustrated by Rod Brown) is an imagining of the lives and stories of men and women who participated in the Underground Railroad. Each page contains a different poem, which chronicles one potential portion of a slave’s journey northward. Shange and Brown don’t pull punches in this children’s book […]Read more "Freedom’s a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange"
The first time someone directly told me to check my privilege on something I was new to learning about, I balked. I turned argumentative, and relied on academic arguments (specifically linguistics) to support my defensiveness. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say. They, because they loved me enough to do so, continued […]Read more "Conversations about Privilege and Guilt"
Earlier this week, I helped plant 8,600 (well, really 8,599, since one broke) red flags into a portion of the lawn at a large metropolitan university. The flags are part of the Red Flag Campaign, which works to raise awareness about red flags in relationship violence on college campuses — where in 1 in 5 […]Read more "Red Flags & Relationship Violence"