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The normalization of failure that has proliferated my hometown has broken my heart and is deteriorating our communal ethos. Over the last six weeks we have been plagued directly and indirectly, by the virus of violence emblematic of a national problem. One that can be attributed to our collective impotence to strategically and pragmatically connect young people to lives that run counter to the lives that are glorified online. Lives that present as idyllic, informed, or woefully irreverent in our carefully curated digital stratosphere. …


The Black Paradox in America

There is a fundamental difference between being a slave and being an “enslaved” human being. Words matter. Several days ago the gatekeepers of our democracy voted to make Juneteenth a national holiday, however, it is critically important that we not bask in this cosmetic achievement as many of these same policy makers have not mustered an inkling of courage to pass an anti-lynching bill while continuing to stonewall any attempts to green light the George Floyd Act or the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill.

I’d be remise if I failed to mention that despite some of the gains that have…


The story of George Floyd is reminiscent of the story of my ancestors, although he and I belong to the same generation. A generation that learned of the danger for Black men in America through the music of Public Enemy and through the brilliant visuals of John Singleton and Spike Lee. Fictional characters like Radio Raheem portrayed the very real subjugation and fear so poignantly, and eerily mirrored the last 9 minutes and 29 seconds of George Floyd’s life; a life violently cut short at the hands of his state sanctioned killers. Floyd, like my ancestors, traveled north for a…


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd with a bullhorn in the Roxbury section of Boston on April 22, 1965.

Throughout the draconian presidency of Donald J. Trump, he has also served as executive branch of racists and the white supremacists that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to and fought against throughout his painfully short, yet prophetic, 39 years. The narrative of dread and deception, fear-mongering and political neglect of the Trump presidency are not new to America as a country, or to black people as its maligned inhabitants. …


The firestorm over former President Barack Obama’s recent comments questioning the semantics and sentiment of “defunding the police” have led to a call from activists and politicians for him to rethink his stance and retract his statement. However, these criticisms are misguided in that they assign a left-of-center political and philosophical approach often thrust upon President Obama; one in which he has never truly subscribed to. It is no secret that for many black people Obama is more of a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke, rather than WEB DuBois, Ida B. Wells and William Monroe Trotter. Obama is…


“From Obama’s Audacity of Hope to Trump’s hate filled tenure. How will Biden/Harris elevate voices of the new blue base?”

On Sunday November 8, 2020 I awakened with a historical knot in my stomach. I vividly remember the evening of November 4, 2008. I, like so many others, made the easy decision to celebrate with fellow Americans on 125th Street in Harlem, one of our nation’s epicenters for Black Excellence. …


The American Education system has been unfairly centered as the test subject for our country’s moral, racial, and equitable decay in the age of Covid-19. Schools once seen as equalizers for opportunity and a gateway to the American Dream, have been relegated to serve as factories for perpetuating societal ills, limitations bound by stereotypes, and cycles of dysfunction. The status quo creates a chasm of inequity, yet too often school systems are devoid of innovative and forward-thinking leaders ready to put forth new approaches to access, engagement, and achievement.

Amid the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, the killings…


Sean Bell, Eurie Stamps, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks. Ashé. Love and light in honor of Alfred Clark Jr, also known as my father. In the fall of 1980, my father, Alfred Clark had an eerily similar encounter with law enforcement in the Dorchester section of Boston, MA reminiscent of Sandra Bland. After an alleged intense and “aggressive” conversation my father was arrested and later found dead in an interrogation room. In a time before hashtags led to community uprising, his loss caused a personal revolution within me and would later lead me on a crusade to secure cameras…


In the world before Covid-19 the role of community colleges was integral to the discourse for The Democratic Nomination for the President of The United States. Candidates vying to become the Democratic nominee spoke to the urgency of new funding streams to support these institutions, while outlining the legitimacy and efficiency of these beacons of promise to support Main Street Americans and our newest arrivals to today’s Ellis Island.

While on the campaign trail US Senator Elizabeth Warren of my home state of Massachusetts spoke to her own experience with having to finance her college education as a waitress. Ironically…


Earlier this week I received a series of unidentifiable text messages and calls from a phone number that was not locked into my contacts and in the midst of this present reality (which I refuse to coin our new “normal”), I ignored them as I have grown tired of life insurance operators attempting to give me a deal-what an irony. Despite my intrigue with the persistent calls it wasn’t until I received a nostalgic 911 text that I knew I should return the call. Upon placing my son in bed and confirming that he was off to sleep for the…

TCLARK

Serial reader and social justice warrior committed to the emancipation of those on the margins.

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