If the United States is a “Christian Nation”:

Misinformation abounds in public conversations and in historical memory. People give little regard to what, if any, greater truth or impact their beliefs and statements have. Hopes and fears true for one person are not necessarily true for others or are necessarily backed by evidence. This problem especially manifests itself in problematic, consequential ways when people describeContinue reading “If the United States is a “Christian Nation”:”

I am not Texas.

I am not Texas. I am not the Texas in the dozens and dozens of United States v. Texas & Texas v. United States cases. I am not Texas. I am not the Texas that prides itself on being ranked at the very bottom when it comes to quality of K-12 education. I am not Texas. I am not theContinue reading “I am not Texas.”

The (Many) Imagined Constitution(s) – Hidden Power of Words Series, #23

I’m often a bit irked at how often people–the news, politicians, and other people in the United States–discuss whether something is or is not in the Constitution of the United States, whether something is Constitutional or not.    Have these people actually read the Constitution? The Constitution is almost exclusively merely a basic instructional manual for the initial constructionContinue reading “The (Many) Imagined Constitution(s) – Hidden Power of Words Series, #23”

Ahmed Mohamed, the United States’s Responses, and the Nature of Life Today

I wanted to share a few brief observations and comments about Ahmed Mohamed and the resulting attention. Last night I was thinking about it, and I figured that there was probably already a Wikipedia page about him. And there is. While the page is currently being considered for deletion, presumably under their “notability” policy, even ifContinue reading “Ahmed Mohamed, the United States’s Responses, and the Nature of Life Today”

9/11 Has Yet to End

As a historian, I am always interested in the ways in which people frame events. Frames used are socially constructed and involve memory and constructed narratives about History. The past is about processes, not events, in actuality, but people have intense desires to group things conceptually. 9/11 is a process, not an event, per se.Continue reading “9/11 Has Yet to End”

Some Thoughts about Religion, Capitalism, and Everything in the Middle

Millions of years ago a branch of life–those currently called humans–began having increasing degrees of consciousness. In this process, these human beings began journeys in search of answers to core questions: where do we came from, why do things happen as they do, what happens after death, as well as countless other questions — questionsContinue reading “Some Thoughts about Religion, Capitalism, and Everything in the Middle”

What Acknowledging Privilege Means To Me (and You), or Privilege Explained in 187 Words

Acknowledging White (and Male) Privilege means, very simply and briefly: Acknowledging that my accomplishments–or perhaps more accurately, my access and opportunities to have said accomplishments–are due in part (and probably a greater part than even I am able to or even comfortable articulating) to deeply-ingrained, institutional forces fully beyond my control, largely invisible forces thatContinue reading “What Acknowledging Privilege Means To Me (and You), or Privilege Explained in 187 Words”

Review of Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle – Journal of African American History

My first review in the Journal of African American History is now in print. To read a copy click here.  Review of Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle, 1914-1970, by Lee Sartain, The Journal of African American History 100, no. 2 (2015): 331-333.