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Stuff that keeps the panic away

Not completely away, if I’m honest. But far enough that, if I look with my spiritual eye — the one that can hardly see with because of older age and a bunch of other things — I can take that breath that lets me decide to look away. I’ve spent too much time looking too deeply into what being American actually means. And it broke a bunch of things in me. Some expectations gentled

Dine with a ‘heartland’ racist?

So, I read this article: Heartland Democrats to Washington: You’re Killing Us Heartland Democrats to Washington: You're Killing Us AUSTIN, Ind.-Steering his white Dodge Ram while wearing a tan knit cap, a drab green Carhartt coat and a smear of brown… In the parking lot, Goodin ran into a man wearing a well-worn cap with a well-known slogan: “Make America Great Again.” Delmis Burns, I would learn later, drives a

you could have asked me…(#black lives matter)

These lyrics came to me months ago, after an impassioned conversation with my bandmate Nick. We were talking about how incomprehensible it is to us to want to enslave, to oppress, to belittle, to bully, anybody. Never mind actually doing it. Doesn't mean we don't have prejudices, fears, concerns about people who may look and act different. But he, as a white British guy and I, as an African American