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Once upon a time, I worked as a family counselor, then I worked as an alcoholism counselor, then I worked as a news photographer, then I became a photo editor and then my company bought me out. Now I photograph what I want, and write what I want.

‘We Have to Do Better’: A Reading List on the Charleston Church Massacre

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Yesterday, Marc Lamont Hill tweeted, “I’m going to need all White people to denounce this ugly act of racist domestic terrorism.” This reading list is me denouncing the actions of a white supremacist terrorist, who visited a Wednesday night Bible study at one of the most important, sacred sites of Black religious and political freedom with the exclusive intention of killing attendees in cold blood. White people: we have to do better. We can’t deflect responsibility for this tragedy; we can’t blame this on mental illness (many of my friends and I deal with mental illness every day; none of us have murdered anyone). We have to demand accountability from one another and stand up for people of color—in the streets, in our Facebook feeds, in our offices and homes.

1. “Charleston Church Massacre: The Violence White America Must Answer For.” (Chauncey Devega, Salon, June 2015)

White Americans will not…

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

I loved the novel1 of this title, by Ray Bradbury when it first came out.  The movie came out years later and I was unimpressed. I think I’ll read it again.

 


  1.  Something Wicked This Way Comes. Published 1962. The novel combines elements of fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil and how they come into play among the characters in a carnival setting.