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Real Human Connection Takes Time to Develop

In the late nineteen seventies, as I neared completion of graduate school, I had one of the best learning experiences.  This occurred near the end of my graduate program in counseling.  I was working as […]


Consequences can be grave

I was driving over the border from Canada into the United States (New York).  The immigration officer stopped me when he heard my accent. He started grilling me and said ‘”All you black people from […]


Mississippi 1968

The summer of 1968 began like every year before. The day after school ended, my mother filled a Tupperware bowl with her delicious fried chicken and packed my sister and me into the car for […]


Ethnicity and Race

I am a white male, does this mean I have more privileges?


Quote: Ron Paul

“You have to remember, rights don’t come in groups we shouldn’t have ‘gay rights’; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn’t have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not […]


I Am: A teenager


I AM: African American



I am a white male, does that mean I am a racist?


Black People who use the “N” Word Offend Me

Should anyone be allowed to use the “n” word? Black or white?  When Obama was running for president, I was in a meeting with a community member who is well known in my neighborhood.  She […]


Simmering Conflicts

The relations between whites and people of color are often polite on the surface but with simmering conflicts waiting to erupt.


I Am: Jamaican


Paint Branch UU Church inspired by Defying Definitions project

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church recently hosted an event using inspiration from the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights’ Defying Definitions Project during a Sunday service in July. One of the project’s activities invites individuals to […]

Question Of The Week

How do you usually respond when someone tells a racist or sexist joke?

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