Personal Essay On Politics

Why No One Won the Civil War

The Civil War had always been portrayed as a moral clash between a divided America. I did not know what I would see when I arrived at the battle field of Gettysburg. Nothing I knew about the Civil War had prepared me for what I saw and felt there. I had always imagined the battle field to be about the size of a football field with steep hilly inclines of hundreds

Photos From the Battle Field of Gettysburg.

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LET THEM EAT CAKE

It has been heart- rendering to read about the cuts in social and arts programs that this administration has proposed in its budget. Can they really be this mean?  How  can this Administration gut social programs and the arts to create guns and war and a wall? Meals on Wheels and the eradication of the National Endowment of the Arts followed by a roll-back of protections for student loan borrowers

PRESIDENT’S DAY 2017

We talked about presidents today. We talked about Barack Obama and why he did not issue an apology to all African-Americans and enslaved Americans. We talked about President Jefferson and Sally Hemmings and Monticello. We mentioned his name and wondered if there was some good that could come from America’s 45th president. Brianna  S. Clark  

BLACK COMEDY

My Dear Readers, I am sitting in the airport at BWI as I wait for my delayed flight to Chicago.  This has not stressed me out. I have no connecting flight, no dinner or theatre plans, just a relaxing visit with a relative who is pure joy to be with. Fun. This is not the Black Comedy which is the subject of today’s post. Last night my travel related activities

REMAINING HOPEFUL #ORGANIZED ACTION

My Dear Readers, Like many of you, I was disheartened by Tuesday’s election results. I was depressed and felt that I had woken up from a bad dream, in a world I was no longer familiar with.  I like many, felt that the Trump coalition was a tiny voice expressing the worst of our country.  There was no way, in my America, that he would be elected president. But he

ADVERSITY AND THE PURSUIT OF GOODNESS CREATES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them. This museum tells the truth that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains. That the price of our union was America’s original sin.” George W. Bush, Former President of the United States of America The photo of  First Lady Michelle Obama hugging former President George W. Bush at the opening

FIGHT WITH LIGHT, LOVE, LAW,

My Fellow Journeyers, Today began with sadness  as 21 year old Tawon Boyd, a African American Male who lived in Baltimore County, died three days after a “fight” with police. The police were responding to a domestic fight where  Boyd’s girlfriend called the police because he was acting “crazy”.  The picture is hard to look at, but I’m glad that the media is showing it. At the same time there

FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LIKEABLE

My Dear Fellow Journeyers, I couldn’t take it anymore- I cut off  most of my hair.  The first time I cut off all of my hair was when I was 19. It felt so freeing, as it does now.  The reason I started to grow back  my hair was because I felt that my almost shaved look was intimidating to some people. I did not want to alienate anyone because

PROGRAMMED TO FEAR YOUNG BLACK MEN

My Dear Friends and Readers, This morning I was in an urban grocery store in downtown Baltimore. The store caters to the high-end employed in Baltimore’s business district. The rest of the folks get to shop there as well, but you won’t find bargains or specials there. You will find unsweetened organic soy milk and gluten free brownies. Back to the point. This morning I saw an African American male