Trinity College
December 10, 2015
© Julienne Schaer

Every poor black kid gets the same speech about college around the age of eight, ten at the latest. It goes something like this: “If you’re gonna go to college you gotta get scholarships ‘cuz I/we can’t help you.” That speech. I got the speech thousands of times. It was simply understood that since keeping the lights on was a challenge month to month, coming out of pocket tens of thousands of dollars for tuition was but a fantasy.

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My friend attended a middle school where the toilets didn’t flush. She did not grow up in a foreign country (unless you consider New Orleans foreign), nor did she grow up in the 1940’s: she’s a very young lady. Like many children in America, I recall sitting in classrooms that were not always heated. Having running water in school buildings isn’t a guarantee in some neighborhoods,
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I’m honestly torn. People always tell me how horrible the criminal justice system is and that we should make reforming it our first priority but I’m just not sure. The U.S imprisons more of its citizens than any other country. We have 2.4 million behind bars. China has four times more people than the U.S, but only 1.6 million prisoners. Of course, black men make up an ungodly amount of that population- around 35%. Blacks collectively comprise about 40%of total inmate population. This is especially troubling when put into a historical perspective.

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To My Jewish Brothers and Sisters,

I say with love and extreme sincerity, shalom. I feel it appropriate at the outset of this journey, wherever it might take you on this blog, to address you and all others on some very serious topics and rules of engagement.

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