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Proud Black Man with a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University. Government Defense Analyst. Critical Thinker. Parent.

Why Black Lives Matter…To me

As a black man in America, life is sure interesting among many fronts.

After the murders of George Floyd, Brenna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement once again increased in visibility. With this increased attention, I have seen some (mostly white) people criticize the Black Lives Matter movement and/or equate it to a full-fledged terrorist organization. After seeing these inflammatory statements, I am compelled to explain why black lives matter…to me.

To explain this, I am presenting a few (of the countless) instances which emphasized the need for me to…

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June 7, 2021, marks 40 years of my existence on this earth. I fully embrace reaching this milestone despite the sobering reality of getting older. As a black man in America, life is fragile and often too short. Yet, I survived to see this day, and I do not take that for granted. From now on, I will apply the lessons I learned and gain more knowledge about this thing we call “life”.

I learned many life lessons over the past decade. My “30s” were consequential in many aspects. Both my kids became active teenagers and my work career has…

Thanks for writing this article! Voter suppression is an issue I feel very strongly about. I remember being asked if I was a racist by a white person because I was posting on social media about voter suppression and the racist intent of restrictive voter laws. As you point out, the real question is what we are all going to do about this!

Thankful for a health diagnosis

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About 20 years ago, my physician diagnosed me with hypertension, or high blood pressure. While taking blood pressure medication is not fun, I am grateful. I appreciate that this diagnosis forced me to be aware of my health and wellness. As an African American male, I am at a higher risk for a “witches’ brew” of various ailments.

Most of my acquaintances are surprised when I tell them I have had high blood pressure since college. While my eating habits in college were “suboptimal”, I was active and always had a muscular body type. I once went to see the…

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This year Joe Biden won the state of Georgia. A week before election day, he visited Warm Springs, GA. Seeing news footage of this, my mind immediately went back to my father who died from kidney cancer in late 2015. My father underwent cancer treatment at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) location near Atlanta in Newnan, GA. Over the course of 2 years, my father made several trips to CTCA and he visited Warm Springs, GA a few times. He enjoyed the CTCA sponsored day trips to Warm Springs, GA. This community is mostly known as the place…

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Congratulations on your hard fought and successful campaign. Those of us who support common decency and respect, applaud your success. You made a wise choice of Kamala Harris as your running mate. Despite the grave challenges we face as a country — the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and related economic struggles — I am optimistic that your leadership will chart our country in the right direction. …

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A curious part of President Donald Trump’s re-election strategy is his appeal to Black people — Black men especially. Even in 2016, he appealed to Black people by asking “What do you have to lose?” Recently, high-profile Black celebrities including the rapper Ice Cube praised Mr. Trump for his supposed willingness to “hear” Black people. In addition, I had a few interactions with Black men who feel that somehow Trump “listens” to Black people and really wants to improve our lives. A core part of Mr. …

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When millions of voters cast their ballots for President of the United States and members of Congress this upcoming November, the consequences cannot be understated. With the unfortunate passing of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, we are painfully reminded that the people who hold office wield great power provided by the U.S. Constitution. I think back to the millions of voters in key “swing” states who decided to stay home and not vote in 2016 and did not grasp the consequences of their choice. …

Hands high!

Since the murder of George Floyd, “gaslighting” against black people is in full effect. White MAGA followers act as ifthey know more about “being black” than black people do. Gaslighting is nothing new, but multiple high-profile police murders of black people juxtaposed against a Presidential campaign place the MAGA gaslighting machine in overdrive.

Mr. Donald Trump is the ultimate gaslighter if there ever was. His enablers and followers amplify his message of cynicism and contempt towards the black community. Now, I am sure that MAGA followers will interject now and say, “but Trump has done so much for the black…

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Presidential election years bring heightened emotions among candidate supporters. Over the past 2 decades, I followed politics and elections very closely. The 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore was perhaps the first major Presidential contest that I got heavily engaged in. I was a sophomore in college and closely followed the daily ins and outs as well as the election recount fiasco. While there have been strong partisans on different sides, the elections from 2000 through 2012 were generally marked by candidates who despite their differences understood that terms such as common decency and respect truly meant…

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