E.M. Monroe

"I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live." Weems

Presidential Advice: College Students

“Don’t go to college just to duplicate the same experience you had in high school. Don’t make your decision based on, well, where are all my friends going so that I can do the exact same things with the exact same friends that I did in high school. The whole point is for you to push yourself out of your comfort level, meet people you haven’t met before, take classes that you hadn’t thought of before (emphasis mine).“Stretch yourself,” the president added. “Because this is the time to do it, when you’re young.”

President Obama as quoted in The New York Times. Photo Credit: Michael Reynolds/Getty Images.

Room for Thought

Don’t Knock the Hustle

Reckless Eyeballing

I had no idea that reckless eyeballing, once a crime black men who looked a white person directly in the eyes could die for, remained a punishable offense. I’m just happy that John Felton was only given a warning for this Neo-Jim Crow offense.

Thankfully, Felton used his camera phone to record the episode. Here’s some of the transcription:

After a bit of back and forth, Felton tells the officer he’s using his cell phone to record the conversation and insists he had used his turn signal.

“You did signal,” the officer clarifies. “You just didn’t do it 100 feet prior to your turn.”

“You just needed a reason to pull me over, sir,” Felton responds, handing over his license and registration. “Is there a reason you pulled me over other than that?”

“Jesus Christ, this is so childish,” he adds, speaking to himself.

The officer walks away, then returns a short time later with a written warning for the infraction.

“No disrespect, I don’t have anything against police officers,” Felton tells the officer, “but all the shit that’s going on now, that’s some scary shit to have a police officer just trailing you. … Why were you trailing me?”

“Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it while I was passing you,” he replies. “If you want to keep talking about it, I’ll just give you a citation for the violation and we can take it to court. I’m not going to argue about it anymore.”

Talk about an abuse of power…


“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.

“Certainly,” said man.

“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut


“A flower doesn’t love you or hate you, it just exists.”

-Mike White

Eternal Recurrence by Jim Campbell

Visiting Elgin Park

Danny Yourd’s short film highlights the eloquence of simple ideas through Michael Paul Smith’s imagined, miniature world, Elgin Park. The relentless bullying Smith endured as a child continues to haunt him and influenced his effort to build a model community where “everyone is welcome.”

Models Monday: Family Talk about Race is a Good Idea

If you are raising a black children in America, it’s best to hip them to the warrant that gets attached to their birth certificates.

An American Anniversary: Killing Michael Brown

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