When I get up in the morning and see the same not-new news. I don’t know how to continueÂ running this website that’s supposed to help. Make sense of the world. Speak light into darkness.
My heart finds courage in peopleÂ like Pamela Bailey. Pamela is a bridge builder.Â That’s what (good) artists do. Build bridges over gaps. Bridges to what ought to be. And theyÂ make mirrors. Help us see ourselves with more clarity.Â
We — whites in America — have to learn our own history. We don’t know our own history. We don’t know. We weren’t taught: we don’t know we don’t know.
Why are they still singing that same old song — Billie, Nina, Pamela?Â Can we learn to listen?Â
Strange fruit, no longer hanging from the poplar trees
Instead it lies lifeless on cracked, tar-covered streets
Life taken with such ease…
No fear of retribution, no outrage in the land
For the bullet-riddled body is just that of a black man’s
Take her down, take him out, theyâ€™ve got something in their hands!
A book, a bag of candy, a menthol cigarette â€“ Keith Lamont Scott, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland
Strange fruit, vilified
They must have done something wrong
Four hundred years of persecution, todayÂ â€“ death threats for kneeling during a song
The lies have changed, but the sentiment remains…then
“We treated our slaves with such great care”â€¦ now
“I felt threatened”, although he had no weapon, with his hands raised high in the air
Strange fruit, blood staining streets like the juice of berries ripened by the sun
Still Mother America offers no refuge to her darker children, justice is still undone
(Editor in Chief) is a poet whose work often centers around the relationships between nature and the city, loss and love, faith and protest. She holds an MLA in English Literature and an MA in African American Studies. In between her two Masters degrees, Renea took a "gap year" to study theology at the famousÂ L'Abri FellowshipÂ in Switzerland. L'Abri is also where she read the Harry Potter saga for the first time and fell in love with the characters and the story's triumph of sacrificial love. Renea leads an incredibly talented creative writing group at her church and spends a fair amount of time binging books and Netflix and swing dancing at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall.