Posts Tagged ‘urban renewal’

Tim Wise at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 9/24/15

My speech at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, September 24, 2015. Discussing racism in the nation and Baltimore area specifically. Freddie Gray, institutional versus personal violence, and more… One correction re: the talk. I mis-stated a stat and want to get it right here. In the speech I claim that 2/3 of black housing in […]

The Crime of Innocence: White Denial, Black Rebellion and the Cost of American Obliviousness

Though perhaps overused, there are few statements that so thoroughly burrow to the heart of the nation’s racial condition as the following, written fifty-three years ago by James Baldwin: …this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, […]

Progress and the Eye of the Beholder: Reflections on Race, Class and Truth

Published on The Black, July 6, 2006 Two pieces in my local paper today served as clear reminders of the adage that there is more than one side to every story. So too, they confirmed the wisdom–however much maligned it may be by some–that truth is often contingent upon one’s perspective, rather than being […]

Ghettos are Not a Game (Part One): Making Money off the Misery of Others

Published in the Black Commentator,, Issue 59, 10/9/03 Some things just aren’t funny, and some ways of making money are pathetic. Both of these truisms apply to the entrepreneurial “humor” of David Chang, a 28-year old Pennsylvanian who apparently gets his kicks making fun of poor folks in urban America in order to make […]