Reconciling faith and politics

I have written columns that were deeply personal, some that were somewhat controversial, and some that were simply jovial reflections, but this one has gnawed at me for years. It touches on why I started writing opinion columns and why I think voices like mine are so desperately needed in this day and age. When […]

The age of drama, pseudo-reality

I read Pastor Epps’ column, “Drama Addiction” [The Citizen, Feb. 4,2017] and thought, “Wow, he came to the same conclusion as I did about living in drama.” I had written a column a couple of weeks ago on the topic, but did not submit it. I don’t recall why. But maybe it is intended to […]

The U.S.A. is not a democracy

In the president’s farewell speech last week, he referred to the United States as a democracy, and my immediate thought was, “No, it’s not. Actually, it is a republic.” To be fair, the president has referred to our nation as a republic in the past. However, considering the ongoing reaction to the election; questioning the […]

‘Imagine’ in 2017

Like many families, mine sat in front of the television minutes before midnight to say good-bye to a tumultuous 2016. The final act was a singer who chose the John Lennon song, “Imagine,” as a symbolic gesture of hope to ring in 2017. Here are the words to the first half of the song: “Imagine […]

Who really is perpetuating hate?

I think one thing we can all agree upon is that it feels like racial tensions are alive and well throughout the United States. While some believed electing a black president would represent closing a painful portion of our county’s past, I think many saw his election as the opportunity to expose how deep and […]

Why is this presidential race even close?

The under-statement of the year is that this election season has been a difficult one. Many people look at the two presidential candidates and see a choice between two evils. However, despite all the shenanigans of this process, whether we would like to admit it or not, these two people received the most votes from […]

Who should pay for college?

With students starting and going back to college this month, probably the biggest concern for young people today is the cost of higher education or the massive amount of student debt they face. Now reaching over $1.4 trillion dollars, student loans have surpassed credit card debt ($1.2 trillion dollars) as the biggest financial burden facing […]

Having a dialog about race … again

[Editor’s note: This column was submitted July 13, before the murders of three police officers and the death of the shooter July 17 in Baton Rouge, La.] The sentiments I now write, I believe, represent the “invisible plurality” within the black community. We are tired of the race-baiting and the negative images of black people […]

What’s up with all this talk of ‘hate’?

The other day, my 9-year-old daughter decided to go into Daddy’s “man-cave” and snuggle up on his arm and chest, where she felt safe. She would watch the news with him because he was her Daddy, and she loved spending time with him — even if he wasn’t watching her favorite cartoons. Later that night […]

After Orlando, fundamental questions

I sit here with a knot in my stomach and tears rolling down my cheek as I reflect on the recent terror attack in Orlando — the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Forty-nine souls have been lost, and well over 50 others are wounded. Undoubtedly, this incident will be framed by those […]