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This past week, another chapter was written on Black pain and outrage. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile now join a long and tragic list of Blacks murdered by police under dubious circumstances. The public already knows that Blacks are killed everyday across America through gun violence, and many anti-Black Lives Matter protestors…

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At a young age, African Americans are encouraged to speak, dress and think like White Americans, preferably White Christian Americans. This road of assimilation is paved with smiles, rewards and pats on the back. The purpose of these accolades and kind words is to convince African Americans that assimilation leads to safety and success.

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Black consciousness is trouble for those African Americans who want to assimilate. The closing of Black History Month comes the morning after the presentation of a whitewashed Hollywood Academy Award ceremony, where the ongoing battle for Black recognition, support and inclusion that also exists in most every sector in American society (and around the world) was aired on television…

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Anyone who has worked within a diverse group that acknowledges and celebrates the differences of all of its members knows how powerful that paradigm called “strength in diversity” can be. Unfortunately, it is rare to experience that in the real world where ethnocentrism reigns. In America, ethnocentrism, the belief that one’s own culture is superior…

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