On the Sofa: Growing Up Last and A Generation Apart

Respect: A very healthy tenet in the relationships among family. Often taught to us by our parents who instill in us the practice of respecting them. Then comes the practice of respecting other grown-ups around us. The fundamental understanding is that it is part of our survival. Or so I was taught. “Respect me or I will kill you!” It was usually just a beating but the point of the beating was to set on course the fear of death. Let me back track. I grew up in a Cameroonian household as the youngest of eight siblings and… cousins. Here … Continue reading On the Sofa: Growing Up Last and A Generation Apart

Racial Prejudice is SHAME (The Other Elephant…)

It’s the shame. I am starting to see that shame is the currency of racial prejudice and discrimination. I have been looking for a common thread in the divisive conversations going on now with Donald Trump, Police Brutality, Diversity in Hollywood and just like that… It hit me right between the eyes. SHAME! Donald Trump shames his opponents. He shames immigrants. He shames foreign leaders. He shames the media who challenge him. He shames women. And the folks who follow him subscribe to this method of coercion. “If you do not think like me or look like me or exude … Continue reading Racial Prejudice is SHAME (The Other Elephant…)