“…citizenship requires constant action, which includes voting, protesting, and participating; and without the combination, we are all in jeopardy.” -Stacy Abrams “Our Time Is Now.”

Many of us who know Marcus Ferrell, know he is kind and decent. We know he is thoughtful and passionate. The second time I ever met him, it was just the two of us at Fair Trade Cafe. It was June of 2017. We were sitting outside, I think both of us were drinking lemonade. He told me he was leaving Arizona for a couple of months to go help set-up this campaign for Stacey…


“In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination — employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote…


“I can testify, from my own experience and observation, that slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched.”― Harriet Jacobs, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself”

The most famous slave narrative is the one written by Frederick Douglass, but perhaps the most poignant one is that written by Harriet Jacobs. A narrative so powerful, it was many years before she could be acknowledged as the author. When the book…


“One cannot escape the question by hand-waving at the past, disavowing the acts of one’s ancestors, nor by citing a recent date of ancestral immigration. The last slaveholder has been dead for a very long time. The last soldier to endure Valley Forge has been dead much longer. To proudly claim the veteran and disown the slaveholder is patriotism à la carte. A nation outlives its generations.” -Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations”

This is the heart of “The Case of Reparations” by Mr. Coates. The idea that Americans believe they can pick and choose what they honor and what…


“I wish I’d a knowed more people. I would of loved ’em all. If I’d a knowed more, I would a loved more”. — Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.

The is similar to the quote I live by… “You are the people you meet and the books you read.”

A stat that I constantly share: 40% of all white people do not have any black friends. 55% of white people have one black friend. The average black person has eight white friends.

Over the next 28 days I am going to provide you with 28 books that I think…


“Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It his not man.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Nonviolence and Social Change: Massy Lecture Four 1967.

If this quote is to be true. If we affirm its meaning. We must, accept that this is the rationale that white people have used to subjugate black people for centuries. If you deny my humanity and reject the incantation performed by President Lincoln that transmogrified chattel into humanity you still…


Day 4 of black history month we discuss lynching.

Lynching was the ultimate form of control over the black population. Lynching was not random or impulsive, it was a well-organized and well-publicized event. Advertisements and notices were placed in newspapers. People put on their best clothes to attend a lynching. Clergy, judges, police, business owners, would all come to watch a black person get lynched. Railroad companies would run special promotions to the destination of a lynching. The truth of the matter is this: lynching was sanctioned by the community.

Most people know of the lynching of Emmett Till the…


Day 2 of #BlackHistoryMonth we learn about the precursor of Jim Crow: The Black Codes.

Black codes were the tool of white people to achieve societal control and cheap/free “legal” labor of freed black people during Reconstruction. The South started imposing a set of rules or codes to sabotage Reconstruction. The unifying fear of white Southern society, in the aftermath of the Civil War, was not rebuilding, but keeping their low-cost work force available to still work the land. President Andrew Johnson, who was elevated from the office of Vice-President to the Presidency after the assassination of President Lincoln, was…


Day 1 of #BlackHistoryMonth. We talk about the lynching of Mary Turner.

I had never heard the story of Mary Turner, until I saw a white public intellectual recall the story of Mary Turner and why it was one of the reasons why he supports reparations and condemned President Trump from characterizing his treatment by the Democrats as a lynching.

In May of 1918 a cruel, sadistic, bastard of a “man” named Hampton Smith was killed by a black man named Sidney Johnson. Hampton was the worst of the worst, he was incapable of treating his workers humanely, so he…


In the Fire Next Time, James Baldwin wrote: And If the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.

With love I tell all those I have known and met in Minnesota that the looting you are experiencing, the uprising you are witnessing is the result of those you have ignored for too long. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that a riot is the language of the unheard. …

Garrick McFadden

A father and husband trying to make the world better for his child and yours, like my parents did before me.

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