His ‘Boil-Over’ Point

His ‘Boil-Over’ Point

  The George Floyd Killing Provokes a Torrent of Thoughts about Racism in America from a 62-year-old Black Man  BENTON HARBOR, Mich.— My friend James “Terry” Stokes called me up the other day. It had been a few weeks since we’d connected. We talked briefly about...
Terry Stokes, in Short Takes

Terry Stokes, in Short Takes

Terry Stokes in his apartment in Benton Harbor, Mich.   Wide-Ranging Thoughts on Racism, American-Style An hour-and-a-half interview with Terry Stokes unleashed a torrent of thoughts on why white people act the way they do, and how he and other Black people have...
How Racial Trauma Can Live Inside You for 55 Years

How Racial Trauma Can Live Inside You for 55 Years

Therapist and author Sheila Wise Rowe (left) talks with Christina Edmondson, dean of Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich., after Rowe’s speech at Calvin in February 2020. Therapist-Author Sheila Wise Rowe Recalls the ‘Lies’ She...
Reaction: Kent State and the War That Never Ended

Reaction: Kent State and the War That Never Ended

The four students on the left were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970. They are (top left) Allison B. Krause, 19; (top middle) Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20; (bottom middle) Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20; (bottom left) and William Knox...
Of Race and ‘Weathering’

Of Race and ‘Weathering’

‘Weathering’ Theory Scholar Says Researchers Don’t Focus Enough on Black Americans’ Lived Experience By TED HARTZELL BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. – The pictures on the auditorium screen showed five vibrant, accomplished young women, all African-American, all in their 20s...