Sidney Poitier, Me, and the “N” word

"Isn't he that nigger actor?" Yes, I meant to type that exactly as you see it.  But hammering it out on my keyboard felt like hammering tin on a barn roof; it left me feeling bruised and bleeding. To find the guilty source for the kind of language used in the question, you have to … Continue reading Sidney Poitier, Me, and the “N” word


(This article was originally published in the Dresden Enterprise newspaper.  It is rather lengthy, but I couldn't find a place where I felt comfortable using a penknife to remove anything.) It is easy to be deluded into thinking that you know yourself, especially at the age of fifteen.  But events can suddenly thrust you into … Continue reading THE OUTSIDERS