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The Atticus we don’t want to know

The literary world rejoiced when news disclosed that reclusive author Harper Lee was soon to release her second book Go Set A Watchman, 55 years since the 1960 publication of To Kill A Mockingbird.

The welcome challenges of marriage equality

For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. She, being a child from the South, and me, being from the North, well, we have our tensions. I have jokingly dubbed them our “Mason-Dixon-line feud.”

Obama used the N-word appropriately

When news broke that President Obama used the N-word during the podcast interview “WFT with Marc Maron” about America’s racial history, it caused shock waves. We are shocked because we are all confused as to when — if ever — there is an appropriate context to use the word.

The transparency of a “Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “Black” woman of two White parents, and the thought-provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity, Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman provided me with an answer:

“How does a confused Caucasian woman come to define the national conversation on race? What lies matter?”

Is Caitlyn Jenner the right poster girl for trans equality?

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has once again captured the world’s attention. And this time not as America’s beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Pope’s transparent views on transgender issues

Pope Francis is a complicated, if not confusing, pontiff to the LGBTQ community — especially so to the transgender community. On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to all of our community.

A roadmap beyond Black History Month

Black History Month (which kicked off on Feb. 1) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s expansive dream

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15, and I believe if he were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay’s film Selma. Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he achieved in Selma. But I believe King’s vision of justice is often gravely limited and misunderstood.

Finding home for the holidays

The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. I am always bothered by our culture’s egregious forms of commercialism, and its either lack of or anemic recognition of other forms for holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season. Over the years, as I learned how other cultures celebrated their various forms of religious expression during this time of year, as well as learned that the underlying message of Jesus was the embrace and celebration of human difference and diversity, the less and less I have come to like this holiday season.