“…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…


“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…


“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.”― …


“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…


“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.”


“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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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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