One of the things that really, really, really grinds my gears is to hear people talk bad about people who use "welfare." Words like "welfare queens" are trigger words for me. I end the conversation right then and there and walk away. (It used to be that I would engage in discussion with people who [...]
What happens when you apply labels to people? Some of them fight back. Others learn to live with them. And others strive to change them.
To prevent the next set of fires, Baltimore is going to have to pull together like never before. Public health must play a role, too. Continue reading on Medium »
The World Cup is here, but the things that happen behind the scenes and away from the cameras are worthy of concern. Not everything is happiness and celebration. So should we celebrate and watch? Yes.
Because of an accident of history, geography, and climate, and because of the decisions of people on both sides of my family, I was born in Juarez, Mexico. The city is the Mexican half of what used to be “El Paso del Norte” (Spanish for “The Northern Pass”). When Texas seceded from Mexico and was [...]
If you remember, one of the issues that my future DrPH advisor and I talked about the other day was the low numbers of African Americans involved in public health. This issue has been percolating in my head since Friday. On my way home from work, I thought about it even more. Here's what I [...]
The following is the entire text of a letter I recently send to the editor of The Evening Sun, my local newspaper. (It wasn't my first letter. Here's a previous one I sent in a while ago.) It was my response to a series of comments from the readership that people who commit crimes like [...]
I was a little bit surprised on Sunday when I drove up to the lab where I work on some weekends to find a group of anti-abortion protestors standing on the sidewalk in front of the building. Some of them carried signs with messages like "Pray To End Abortion" and some bogus statistics on abortions [...]
I'm probably going to get into trouble over this post because it's going to touch just a little bit on Public Health. It has to. It has to do this because I need to talk to you about social justice. How many readers did I just lose with that? To some folks, social justice reeks [...]