Other Writings

Below are a number of links to shorter pieces on African Americans, social justice, and American culture for your enjoyment. Please note that some of these are unpublished drafts. If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms on these pieces and in general, please feel free to contact me by leaving comments below or by email.

On Being An Unspecial American

Smoke and Mirrors of the American Dream

Metro Needs More Money (published in the Washington Post’s Outlook section, June 15, 2003)

Rules to Live By (published in Radical Society, April 2003)

Ivory Tower & Scholar Activism (published in Academe Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005)

Teachers College Record Book Review (published in Teachers College Record, March 2006)

Shouting “Race” in a Crowded Theater (unpublished, originally written March 2006; updated June 2007)

Laying the Groundwork: The Constant Gardening of Community/University/School Partnerships for Postsecondary Access and Success (published in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Vol. 8, October 2009)

K-12 Education Reform and Unlearned Lessons From Magnet Schools (published in Teachers College Record, February 15, 2013)

Freddie Gray: Don’t let the 1% determine police reform for the 99% (published in The Guardian US, May 1, 2015)

If AP US History Is Wrong, It Shouldn’t Go Right (published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 11, 2015)

3 Things HBCUs Could Do to Survive and Succeed (published in Academe Magazine, Sept/Oct 2015)

The Token Commitment (published in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, June 2, 2016)

Affirmative Whiteness (published in Seven Scribes, July 1, 2016)

Why Making College Free Isn’t Enough For First-Generation Students (published in The Atlantic, September 5, 2016)

At the Intersection of Donald Trump and America’s Delusions of Grandeur: The Narcissism Trump’s Narcissism Unleashed
(published in The Huffington Post, November 17, 2016)

The West’s Obsession With Itself
(published in Al Jazeera English, May 9, 2017)

Have Black Historians Been Wrong All Along? (With American Racism…There Are No Happy Endings)
(published in Al Jazeera English, August 16, 2017)

How Segregated America Made Trump Inevitable
(published in Al Jazeera English, September 12, 2017)

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