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This Week in White Mediocrity: Sean Spicer

What happened with Sean Spicer Sunday evening was almost comical. Not comical in the way that the producers of the Emmy’s intended, more comical in that “oh, you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!” kinda way. It’s almost hilarious to believe that the man who was the mouthpiece of this current administration coming out of … Continue reading

#NoKaepNoNFL Week 2: I am not your priest

After two weeks of abstaining from watching the NFL, I have noticed something surprising: the NFL is EVERYWHERE! Commercials, billboards, radio… it is ubiquitous. I guess as a fan, it never really bothered me in the past. I don’t notice other sports having this much media saturation during their seasons. Football really is a part … Continue reading

“Never Forget” doesn’t help.

Can I tell you something I’ve never told anyone else, dear reader? Okay. When 9/11 happened I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh. As a film student, I was taking the majority of my classes in the Cathedral of Learning. The CoL is the tallest building dedicated to higher learning at least in … Continue reading

#NoKaepNoNFL, Week 1

A few years ago I started boycotting Wendy’s. While the rest of the fast food industry signed on to the Fair Food Program, an initiative to pay tomato growers who supplied their produce to the industry a fair wage. Instead of signing on to the agreement with the other major fast food suppliers, they began … Continue reading

The Nation We Want to Be

  With the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), another statement has been made by the Trump administration about the kind of nation that they want this to be. This has been the program that has been developing from the beginning: keep Muslims from coming in, use ICE to round up … Continue reading

Integrity Fail: Reflection on Me and Joss Whedon

  I’m not a huge Joss Whedon fan. I’ve never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Firefly, or Dollhouse. I just lost a lot of geek cred, didn’t I? I have seen both Avengers movies and really liked them! It’s pretty obvious to me that Whedon’s writing and directing chops were on full display in … Continue reading

What I wrote to my church this week

The following is what will appear in my church’s newsletter tomorrow. I struggled with it quite a bit, but I think it was what I needed to say.  “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist” – Angela Davis I confess to having some awkwardness being in church … Continue reading

Don’t Let White Supremacists Distract You From White Supremacy

  I visited Charlottesville back in 2009. Back at the time, I was recruiting summer staff for the Pittsburgh Project and one of our staff alum was a student there. I drove down, he introduced me to several of his friends and we had a great conversation about doing justice in our nation’s urban centers. … Continue reading

Doubt, Fear, and Insecurity

This week I realized that I had fallen into one of my old traps. I have this overwhelming desire to prove myself and I realized that I was pushing some things way too hard, way too fast because I am worried about proving my worth. I’ve done enough work with my therapist to know where … Continue reading

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