It may go without saying Upon seeing my brown face That I will always And emphatically insist that Black Lives Matter. I have heard the arguments And listened patiently to the counterpoint Knowing I am neither heard Nor understood, in the wind of the flatulent rebuttal, “all lives….” But really, this isn’t about black lives […]

A Poem in (the) Twitter Verse* Racism is not just about white people and non-white people hating. It is about who has “race”. In the United States, there are “un-raced” bodies and “e-raced” bodies. E-raced means there’s a social algorithm that makes your color, culture, religion and customs an opaque burden. Un-raced means your color, […]

I am thrilled to share with you all the publication of my first collection of poetry/meditations for the Unitarian Universalist Association and Skinner House Books.  There are many people to thank for making this happen, and I will try to capture a few of them here.  Thank you Mary Benard and the Skinner House board […]

I’m reposting this poem that appears in “Love Beyond God”. I am sick with the onslaught of lynching and physical terror to which we have become accustomed and complacent.  The time to act is now.  Fuck respectability and not offending people’s sensibilities and playing the damned game.  This is not a game, it is life and […]

Unitarian Universalists have struggled in the past year to embrace the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In June, we passed our action of immediate witness to embrace the movement officially, but not after a contentious, overly “processed” and public debate at our General Assembly (UUA AIW). Our congregations have been struggling with the questions of whether […]

Hey Dylann, Its been a while. Its been a while since we last saw you out in full view. 1968 to be exact. You’ve been kind of hiding in corners and shadows since then…yeah, its been a while. I wanted to let you know that since you were last here, there’ve been some changes. You […]

Last night I attended a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and I was reminded of the power in praying aloud.  After passionate testimony from some of the clergy gathered, Rev. Leslie White of Bethel AME Church in San Diego, instructed the crowd of more than 100 […]

Warning: The following blog contains video content that is extremely disturbing and is posted for educational purposes only. Please watch at your own discretion. PBS – Need to Know: Crossing the Line at the Border I’m posting the link to the PBS documentary on the murder of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas at the San Diego border […]