Tag Archives: African-American

The Boys at the Top

When we were kids in small-town Wisconsin there were always some of the popular kids who could get away with all sorts of things. They were athletes or their parents were rich or held important positions in the town, so … Continue reading

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Yes, This Is Who We Are

  Aside from the ubiquitous thoughts and prayers, the refusal to consider any kind of gun control at all because it’s always too soon to talk about it, and the flags once again lowered to half-staff, there is another thing … Continue reading

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Paths to Healing Keynote Speech

At this year’s Paths to Healing conference on male survivors of child sex assault I was the keynote speaker. This is the text of the speech I delivered today. Good morning. I’d like to start by thanking Chris Taylor, who … Continue reading

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On Statues, Flags, and Heritage

  Statues that honor secessionists who rebelled against our country are coming down in cities around the country and it is well past time for it. The soldiers honored with these statues were men who fought to defend slavery. While … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of My America

Most days, even on the weekends when I don’t have to, I tend to wake up by 6:30 or 7:00. Today I was able to sleep in until about 7:30 or so, and then I was able to lounge in … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Tony Robinson

Last night I stood in the middle of a street and cried for a young man I never knew. The tears were for Tony Robinson, a 19-year old unarmed African-American who was shot and killed by police officer Matt Kenny … Continue reading

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I Am White

I am white. It is the circumstance of my birth. It is who I am and who I have always been. It is what it is. But it brings certain advantages for no reason other than the fact that my … Continue reading

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