Red White & Blue….. and Black

I live in country where I– a good person who has never been in trouble with the law, a person who goes out of his way to help others and doesn’t take advantage of people, a college graduate with a Masters degree, a former college football player, a current high school teacher and football coach, a father of two very young, amazing boys– can get murdered by a jumpy cop or overzealous civilian because I’m black and my appearance makes him “fear for his life.”

I live in a country where I’m required to go out of my way to try to appear “less threatening”– not only to cops, but pretty much EVERYONE… Where everything I do and say must be calculated and strategized ahead of time.. Where I don’t get the luxury of having disagreements or publicly losing my temper.

I live in country where some crazy domestic terrorist may target me and my family for no other reason than the fact that I’m black.

It’s 2018…


The Incredible English

I am a huge Track & Field fan. From an athletics standpoint, Track & Field was my first love. It was the first sport that I committed to for multiple years, and was something of my calling card before football eventually won out for good in high school. Still, I love following the sport, and still try to go to track meets at various levels when I can.

But anyway, there’s an athlete whose career I’ve been following for some years now.


English Gardner


You Gon’ Learn Today: On the Revocation of White Privilege in North Korea


“That’s what the hell he gets. Good for him!” My mother had uttered those words in her typical matter-of-fact tone one morning as she watched the news. “He” was Michael Fay, an 18-year-old from Ohio who had confessed to vandalizing cars in Singapore, and was subsequently sentence to six lashes from a rattan cane. I was in sixth grade and all I could imagine was how horrible the pain would be. My mother was unmoved at the thought, remarking, “He earned that.”

I thought about my mother’s words a few days ago while watching video of 21-year-old Otto Warmbier, another man from Ohio who last week was convicted of subversion for stealing a propaganda banner in North Korea, and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Just as in Fay’s case, I was shocked by the severity of the punishment. I’ve tried to imagine spending a decade and a half performing what the…

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My Football Team has Started Praying Before Games… bleh

I don’t openly disclose my atheism to my high school students and football players, but I also don’t hide my skepticism and general non-religiousness. I’m always respectful of the many different belief systems I encounter, and I’ve never used my position as teacher/head coach to promote any particular ideologies… However, I DO promote critical thinking, questioning established and accepted norms, and discourage the habit of misinterpreting one’s feelings as hard facts. (more…)

“The Church and Prejudice” By Frederick Douglass

“At the South I was a member of the Methodist Church. When I came north, I thought one Sunday I would attend communion, at one of the churches of my denomination, in the town I was staying. The white people gathered round the altar, the blacks clustered by the door. After the good minister had served out the bread and wine to one portion of those near him, he said, “These may withdraw, and others come forward;” thus he proceeded till all the white members had been served. Then he took a long breath, and looking out towards the door, exclaimed, “Come up, colored friends, come up! for you know God is no respecter of persons!” I haven’t been there to see the sacraments taken since. (more…)

Relationships, First Love, Facebook, and New-Found Lesbians….

One of the many benefits and drawbacks of social media is the ability to spy on and run tabs on exes and former lovers. In some cases, it’s a jealousy thing… in others, it’s genuinely curiosity based.. Either way, whether people willingly admit it or not, Internet “creeping” and “stalking” is woven into the very fabric of social media usage… And one of the things that makes it so addicting!

The social media explosion happened when I was still in college, so I was among the first wave of people to really embrace it and have it woven into the fabric of my life. You got to find out so many things about your friends, acquaintances and strangers– both real and fabricated– that we’d lose hours upon hours both stalking our “friends” and crafting the best representation of our lives that we could.


Religious folks be like….

from my Facebook feed

Plucked from my Facebook feed…

I still can’t understand how religious people can’t see the irony in posts like this.

“Lord, nevermind the 1.3 billion people who live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 a day… If I ever get upset because Starbucks didn’t get my order exactly right, forgive me… Don’t alter my life in any way, don’t take anything away from me, just let me carry on, enjoying all the privileges that I obviously deserve, with your ‘forgiveness’ for being so ‘ungrateful.’ As for the boy in the picture, thank you for making sure there are so many of them in the world so I can realize how BLESSED I truly am. GOD IS SO GOOD.”

My Son Might Play Football… and He Might Not…

It goes without saying that football has been a big part of my life for a long time. From my years of Pop Warner football, to high school, college, and now high school again as a coach, I’ve been directly involved with tackle football for going on 20 years now.

I’m extremely lucky to live in a country and an era where my love of football and my genetic gifts have allowed me to get so much from the sport. There are all of the fulfillment benefits that can’t necessarily be quantified, but then there’s one VERY quantifiable benefit: Leaving college with a diploma and a big fat ZERO in the student debt department.

Intelligent Design MY ASS…

It’s been a while…

I’ve been on another blogging hiatus… this time due to the fact that I am now a new father of a beautiful, healthy little boy. A beautiful, healthy, TIME CONSUMING little boy.

Since the day I watched my son emerge and experienced for the first time the whole process of child birth, I’ve wanted to put my thoughts to paper computer screen. But, in balancing my new responsibilities as a father while also balancing my previous roles as a high school teacher and coach, I haven’t exactly been able to keep up with the whole blogging thing..