Tag: #society

dad and son at the beach

The Man They Wanted Me To Be

The idea of what a man should be like, or should be all about, has certainly changed over the years. It’s changed in my lifetime. But there are some ideas of manliness that are still out there, and they’re hurting men just as much as they hurt others. Growing up, the most macho of men in my extended family wanted me to be a certain way. I was lucky in that the men who counted let me be me. Now, it’s up to me to teach my daughter what being a man is all about, so that one day she can deal with men and — if she so chooses — can choose a man who’ll be her partner in achieving wonders.

Where Do You Even Begin?

As some of you know, I am attending Hopkins on a scholarship. One of the perks of the scholarship is that we, the scholars, get to meet some interesting people from in and around Baltimore. These people range from artists to activists, to politicians and authors. They’re all very interesting people, even if we sometimes get into some topics that…

We Need to Pay Attention to What Is Going on in Puerto Rico

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Puerto Rico since I agreed to go down there to help in the Zika outbreak. According to most media reports, the situation in Puerto Rico is quite dire from a financial and demographic standpoint. Crime is high, yes, but it’s not any higher than Baltimore, where murder is an almost daily thing.…

The future of a little girl

Last week, a 12 year-old girl from Baltimore County, Maryland, was abducted on her way to school. She was found over the weekend in North Carolina. A man had abducted her and taken her there. The most horrible thing is that he raped her. Even more horrible, in my opinion, is that this has happened to her in an era…

And justice for all?

I listened to this episode of “State of the Re:Union” today titled “American Justice.” It’s a critical look at the US justice system and how it falls short on so many levels. According to the podcast’s introduction: “The United States has the world’s largest prison population. In 2012, there were 2.3 million people in American prisons or jails – and…

The undesirables

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?