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Volume 88: The Fallacy of Proximity:The Failure of Urban Adolescents to Recognize Their Distance From Prosperity.

July 11, 2017

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Scholarly post on how the Dunning-Kruger effect and Reaction Formation have altered the landscape of urban youth and their attitudes towards education and the definition of success.

Volume 86:What has happened to us? A view of the state of our communities…

July 27, 2016

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Two weeks ago, I penned a personal essay about my experiences as a Black youth growing up in a predominantly White community. For me to say I was overwhelmed by the response¬†is an understatement. What I found to be most fascinating was the fact that the responses came from both Black and White readers, many […]

Volume 85: #BlackLivesMatter – My History in Black and White

July 12, 2016

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The hardest thing I've had to deal with being an African American is not prejudice, or stereotypes, or police profiling. The hardest thing to deal with is the invisibility...

Volume 84: A 2nd Amendment Revelation…

July 5, 2016

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I shot a gun. Yes, for the first time in my 40-plus years of living, I shot a gun. In fact, I shot several guns. I shot a rifle. I shot two handguns. I watched in amazement as the packed gun range came alive with an arsenal of weapons. I watched men with their friends, and fathers with their […]

Volume 83: Personal and Public Reflections About Violence and African Americans

December 4, 2014

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Self-preservation is a natural human response. Violence is not. Violence is learned. Violence is the expressed anger from a person/people who just want an opportunity to be and feel safe.

Volume 70: The Truth About Competition

June 12, 2012

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Graduation season is a time where we bask in the glow of the "American Dream". You know, the dream where we believe if we apply ourselves and finish school, our future(s) will/would be bright. The dream where we believe the rhetoric about how a more "competitive marketplace" helps us all. I believe there's a cliché suggesting a rising tide lifts all ships - or something to that effect. But, can (may) I ask a question? What if we don't really mean it when we say we want no child to be left behind? What if the aforementioned rhetoric about a "more competitive marketplace" is just like that juicy steak you eat while being plugged back into the matrix? What if, by continuing to read this post, you learn The Truth About Competition?

Volume 66: The Bootstrap Delusion

May 1, 2012

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I had a revelation the other day. Well, maybe not a revelation. Let’s just call it an astute observation with a hint of social relevance. My revelation observation came while listening to a variety of political pundits wax poetic about how “some” Americans (aka, minorities and those on the lower end of the socio-economic sphere) […]