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Black Masculinity Re-visited: The enduring legacy of Chadwick Boseman

I grew up in Gary, Indiana. Back in the 1970s, it was a bustling city and the foundation of Black middle-class life in northwest Indiana. When I think about Gary at that time, I think about the smells – the city was filled with a wide range of pungent, burning, chemical-like odors which blanketed my … Continue reading Black Masculinity Re-visited: The enduring legacy of Chadwick Boseman

On the Anniversary of Our Desegregated Military

I want to congratulate those who have arrived at the point of social consciousness within the last two months.  Embracing anti-racist perspectives through your awareness of conscious and unconscious biases, you have begun to grapple with your new found role as an ally to the Black community, moving beyond the “I-had-a-Black-friend-in-college” defense.  Your language has … Continue reading On the Anniversary of Our Desegregated Military

Denying the Truth: Terry Crews and Brandon Tatum in Context

“Some believe that black freedom – economic, political, and otherwise – threatens the freedom of white people.” Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul.  To the chagrin of my wife, I relish scrolling through my Twitter news feed to get my fill of some of the conversations within that … Continue reading Denying the Truth: Terry Crews and Brandon Tatum in Context

Aspirations and Unfulfillment: Remembering My Father Through His Service

All the chatter about Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods on Netflix this month reminded me of a book I read over 30 years ago, Wallace Terry’s Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans. I have an affinity for military history and had read a number of books about America’s 20th century … Continue reading Aspirations and Unfulfillment: Remembering My Father Through His Service

Why does the Legacy of the Confederacy Persist in US Military Culture?

Dr. Matthew F. Delmont’s article in The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/how-us-military-came-embrace-confederate-flag/613027/) addresses the multi-dimensionality of the Confederate Stars and Bars and how Confederate culture became interwoven within the culture of the US military.  During World War II, Dr. Delmont notes, several servicemembers who hailed from Southern states who wanted to commemorate the service and sacrifice of their forefathers … Continue reading Why does the Legacy of the Confederacy Persist in US Military Culture?

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