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Facing the Reality of a Black School Shooter


Published by, 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. Read more

Putting a Cost to Domestic Violence


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


Published in, 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