Fairly kind. Reasonably productive. A little disorganized. Definitely not a god.
Author or coauthor of 24 nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, Ph.D. candidate in the history of ideas, and About.com's Guide to Civil Liberties. Executive VP of Mississippi NOW, president of Jackson Area NOW, secretary of the Mississippi ACLU. Occasional columnist for the Jackson Free Press and the Mississippi Link.
I'm author of a school library book about demonic possession.
I'm a radical for love. For me, activism is about confronting unchallenged prejudices and widening the circle of empathy. Activism that does not meet these goals contributes to a culture of dehumanization, and subsequently holds no interest for me.
What Gives Me Hope
Being pleasantly surprised by people I'd written off as beyond hope.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Sign an executive order stating that enforcement of drug laws against nonviolent low-level offenders are the lowest law enforcement priority, and commute the sentences of prior offenders—effectively ending the War on Drugs.
What/who changed my life and why
Andrea Smith's "Conquest" really blew my mind. I'm still processing it.