Braids and hearts

Dear President Biden, The center panel of the above-the-fold section of the online WP this morning holds three stories about Black men who were killed or brutalized by police. From top to bottom they include: 1) the story of Anton Wright, a 19-year old mentally ill young man who died under the weight of three …

Marilyn Mosby and Transformational Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity ~ TIDE

Dear President Biden, Remember the other day when I brought up the idea that we need to include “Transformational” in our conceptualization (and execution) of DEI work and shift to “Transformational Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity” or TIDE? Well, I still believe this. I still believe that we can’t simply include more diverse people in the …

Reality nuggets

Dear President Biden, Lately I’ve been hanging out at work (via Zoom-like platforms) with way more young people than old people. I’m humbled and grateful to say that they’ve become my teachers. So many of them are living out loud and questioning what is and why is it is that what is is the way …

Bleak

Dear President Biden, “Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did.”Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s OfficeI’m sure you know by now who Jay Baker is and that he said this unspeakably callous thing about Robert Aaron Long having gone to three spas in the Atlanta area …

Grief haiku I

Dear President Biden, Thank you for sharing in our collective grief and mirroring it back to us today as we attempt to wrap our minds, and more importantly, our hearts, around the staggering numbers of US who have died from COVID-19 this past year. I love how you talked about each of those people having …

Gratitude haiku II

Dear President Biden, I’m pretty much out of steam and so tonight I’m sending another gratitude haiku to you because as horrible as our overall COVID numbers are and as sad and infuriating as the weather-related deaths in the South and Southwest are, I’m grateful you’re trying to make things better and not worse. It’s …