Why Black History Month is Relevant

In the good-natured American way, Black History Month is questioned more and more each year. It seems as though a certain sect of people find this month to be useless and, well, racist. Yes, folks. People consider Black History month to be racist. It’s as if a whole month dedicated to the history of one…

The Loud Silence that is All Lives Matter

Ever since the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been a group of people who are thoroughly offended. Such is life in America where people can get uptight about how you sneeze. However, this group is particularly interesting. In the scheme of being offended, they take the cake. Why? They really aren’t…

The Curious Case of George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman is a name that will live in infamy. The man who was acquitted of murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin is the modern day O.J. Simpson. John Q. Public was convinced of their guilt. Yet, they are acquitted of high profile murders sending the public into a frenzy. The public is split on the…

Pivotal Moments

If you’ve been following A Fresh Voice, then you know I write about my experiences being an African-American male a great deal. It’s not that this is my sole focus. I don’t walk around with a chip on my shoulder proclaiming my “blackness.” I don’t have my fist in the air screaming “FIGHT THE POWER” at…

The Difference Between A and ER

Editor’s Note: This post is going to take an in-depth look at the word “nigger.” As such, it will be used (as discreetly as possible) throughout this commentary. This post was not written with any intent to offend. Rather, it is to make people think about the ramifications of using this word. What’s the difference…

Does White Privilege Exist?

In a perfect world, having an advantage over another due to the color of one’s skin would be nonexistent. We don’t live in a perfect world. White privilege began the moment European settlers asserted themselves over Native Americans. Throughout American history, white privilege was tangibly relevant. The days of slavery. Sharecropping and plantations. Japanese concentration…

If She Can’t Use Your Comb

There’s an old adage I heard plenty of times growing up.

If she can’t use your comb, don’t bring her home.

I haven’t the slightest clue who said that first. Some probably don’t even know what it means. However, I knew exactly what it meant. Be with someone who is from the same racial background as you.This posed a slight problem for me growing up.