The George Floyd Problem

On On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd, a Black American Minneapolis man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, in broad daylight, in front of numerous witnesses, who recorded the murder. George Floyd was 46-years old. He had two daughters. Chauvin kept his knee on this man’s neck for almost eight minutes while … Continue reading The George Floyd Problem

Liberty, justice, and toilet freedom for all

While I was studying for my Masters degree, I worked part time as a janitor. It was extremely glamorous. The last school where I worked, Tong High School in Bradford, England, had unisex toilets. I don’t know how common this is, but I’d never seen it in any of the schools I’d been in before … Continue reading Liberty, justice, and toilet freedom for all

Sochi

Sochi 2014 We are one week into the 2014 Olympic Games. I haven’t been paying very much attention, but I will say that the Russian police choir singing Pharrell Williams’ Get Lucky was hands down one of the most awkward things I’ve ever seen or heard in my life. 17- year old figure skater Michael … Continue reading Sochi

South Africa: 2014

2014 is the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s independence, and is also an election year. Although South African politicians often describe the country as a “rainbow nation,” is the term really more than rhetoric used in an attempt to pacify those who speak about persisting inequalities and rampant corruption? Today’s African National Congress (ANC) is … Continue reading South Africa: 2014

Why your new neighborhood is violating other people’s rights

The right to housing is one of the most fundamental rights, and yet it’s no secret that millions of people around the world are going without. While commonly thought of as a developing world problem, the UN Human Rights Commission estimated in 2005 that 100 million people across the world were homeless, meaning that the … Continue reading Why your new neighborhood is violating other people’s rights