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Facing the Reality of a Black School Shooter

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Published by BlackCommentator.com, October 27, 2022

St. Louis is now facing a situation that very few predominantly Black cities have had to face in the last fifty years – an African American youth bringing violence into a school building. Having been in, out and around public school classrooms for decades, my experience has been no matter how rough and tumble the students were, the school was respected as a relatively safe space. Orlando Harris shattered that reality on October 24, 2022.

Harris was a 2021 graduate of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and had no criminal record. The troubled teen broke a window to gain access to the locked building, armed with an AR-15. He killed one student and one teacher, injured seven more and traumatized hundreds of other students, before being killed by police. Read more

Putting a Cost to Domestic Violence

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Published in Capital City Hues, October 17, 2022

I was intrigued when I heard about the new study in Wisconsin that had attempted the difficult task of putting a dollar amount to the cost of domestic violence. Difficult because we know many cases go unreported and we just can’t assess what we don’t know. The report was released last month by the Sojourner Family Peace Center and The Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage. Still, I was curious as to what data was used, how the data was quantified and how a financial assessment was made.

Even Dr. Erin Schubert who co-authored the study was initially reluctant to view domestic violence from an economic perspective. Schubert is the director of outcomes and evaluation at Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee. The Center is the largest agency in Wisconsin that provides domestic violence services. It has been around since 1975 so it knows a lot about this issue.

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The Burden of Higher Education for Black People

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Published in BlackCommentator.com, October 13, 2022

My niece’s college choice was heavily influenced by watching The Bill Cosby Show during the 1990’s. She chose Temple University despite my pleadings to go to a college in her home state. Her drama major was based upon a dream to become an actress. I eventually persuaded her to become a public-school teacher. I think you know where I’m going with this scenario and its relationship to college debt. Read more