The past couple of weeks have been an emotional and mental whirlwind as I navigate the aftermath of unexpectedly putting myself in the crosshairs of a rabid racist. I have been writing about race and racism in Maine and beyond since 2003, and while ...
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The cops and anti racists—They are not friends

The past couple of weeks have been an emotional and mental whirlwind as I navigate the aftermath of unexpectedly putting myself in the crosshairs of a rabid racist. I have been writing about race and racism in Maine and beyond since 2003, and while there have been times when I have written pieces where I ...

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When Black History Month becomes Black Harassment Month

It was over a decade ago that I received my first invitation to keynote an event for Black History Month. If memory serves, it was a UU Church in Kennebunk, Maine. At that time, Americans of all hues were awakening to the painful reality that despite having our first Black president, injustice still ran rampant ...

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The audacity of racism

Mohammed Albehadli was the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) coordinator for the South Portland School Department when he received a racist email in December 2023 from Ryan Murdough, the New Hampshire founder of the New England White Network. The email has been described as threatening and, according to published reports, South Portland schools Superintendent Timothy ...

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Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans

Twenty years ago, when my mother died, I read John Lennon’s famous quote, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” It struck me hard enough that I put it in the signature line of my emails. It’s one of those quotes that is a very real truism: We make plans, but ...

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DEI isn’t enough, or maybe it should DIE

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk tweeted on X that “DEI must DIE.” Generally, I ignore anything that Musk says—after all, it’s not like we share similar ideologies about, well, anything. The thing is, that tweet stirred something in me that I had to sit with. Upon deeper reflection, I actually agree with him—just not ...

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