Lula: They tell me to “Speak American” Aidan: What do you mean? Lula: The melting pot that turns everyone white and cuts out their mother tongues Aidan: What do you mean? Lula: The language of ancestors that cultivated, grew with, and grew on this land tortured by the tongue of a violent colonizer who knows […]Read more "A Conversation between Lula and Aidan"
In the Fall of 2015, my university intends to discuss a summer reading book of amazing essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon. I spent the most beautiful Saturday sipping a sunrise and vanilla latte while reading this book. The book explores identity, manhood, love, race, and racism in […]Read more "Remind Me What it Means to be Human"
I have been working on writing a letter to black men for months now and every draft is more disappointing than the last. On one hand, the letter tries to speak to the realization that as much as I thought I saw black men as humans, I really just saw what I expected them to […]Read more "Wounds That Won’t Heal"