In Defense of the Term “White Privilege”

If you ever want to shock a room full of white libertarians or conservatives into a frenzy, just use the phrase “white privilege” unironically. For those who have based their entire identities and ideologies in a radical (to the point of irrational) individualism, the very notion that not everything that’s gone well in life is due to their merit or work is repugnant, and that reasonable notion is at the core of what white privilege is. Continue reading In Defense of the Term “White Privilege”

A Resistance Fighter, On Screen and Off

Like the character Finn who he played in the three latest episodic Star Wars movies, Boyega is not afraid to stand up for his beliefs. Like Finn, Boyega is willing to speak truth to power. In a world where the president is actively quoting segregationist sheriffs on Twitter, public figures boldly and unapologetically stomping down hateful ideologies is crucial for those who are still learning about the world and developing their moral codes. Continue reading A Resistance Fighter, On Screen and Off

The Importance of Solidarity & #BlackOutTuesday

On Tuesday, June 2, the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday flooded Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Millions of users on these social media platforms changed their profile pictures to simple black squares. In fact, when I logged on to Instagram in the morning, I had to scroll for over a minute before anything but a wall of black appeared in my feed (other than a few ads and promoted posts). Continue reading The Importance of Solidarity & #BlackOutTuesday

Be Good to Those who Don’t Deserve it: Mary Poppins, Mr. Banks, and Magic

It’s perhaps the most unnatural thing a person can do. Turn the other cheek when struck. Washing the feet of your enemies. Serving those who wish ill upon you. Why should we grant kindness to those unworthy of it? Let’s examine Mary Poppins. I know, I know, not exactly a philosophical font, but it has a distinct message and a rather powerful one at that. … Continue reading Be Good to Those who Don’t Deserve it: Mary Poppins, Mr. Banks, and Magic

A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

“It is disturbing that our nation has become comfortable with weekly broadcasts of black bodies falling to the ground. It’s become an unsolicited prime time series that we all hope and pray will be cancelled from the collective consciousness of America’s civic memory… The death of Ahmaud Arbery is not an anomaly but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.” – Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III Continue reading A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

Thank You, George – Lessons from Star Wars

Today is the 76th birthday of American filmmaker and storyteller, George Lucas. Yes, the George Lucas. The creator of Star Wars. The perfecter of Sci-Fi. The apostle of space opera. As you may have gathered, I am a Star Wars fan. No, who am I kidding – I’m an obsessive Star Wars fanatic. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the worlds. But I won’t bore you with an outpouring of obscure Skywalker trivia or reflections on the Battle of Crait. For Lucas’s birthday though, I want to briefly go over 5 reasons why I love the franchise – and why you should too. Continue reading Thank You, George – Lessons from Star Wars

Make No Mistake, this Pandemic is Apocalyptic

Earlier this month, while millions of Jews and Christians around the world recounted the Passover story from Exodus, the Mosaic account of the ten plagues on Egypt likely no longer seems just like some distant, ancient world mythological story. Our modern plague of COVID-19 is almost certainly not as deadly as those, but it’s nothing to underestimate. Over the past couple of months, we’ve all be subjected to now-familiar stories of exhausted nurses, inadequate supplies, and daily deaths. We’re all well aware of the devastation and fear that this virus has spread through urban areas, prisons, and poorer areas/countries that lack healthcare resources and infrastructure comparable to many “first-world” nations. Continue reading Make No Mistake, this Pandemic is Apocalyptic