The Emmett Till Project

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Trigger Warning

Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1955 murder and Trial. 

All of Us Were Children

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Here’s some pictures of politicians when they were physically children. My personal favorite is George Bush.

Chris Christie as an infant in 1963.

Chris Christie as an infant in 1963.


Donald Trump In High School.





Rick Perry

Rick Perry


George W. Bush

George H.W. Bush


Michelle Obama and Brother

Michelle Obama and Brother



Ben Carson




Split the Rock 2016 Poetry Contest

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2016 Poetry Contest
Announcing the 9th Annual Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Judged by: Rigoberto González

Good Visit to Dentist. Have to Get Through the Day with my Mother-In-Law.

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Now, that not nice.



Despite the shiny pointy instruments, the noises and smells, I got through the visit to the dentist. There’s a new young attractive dentist, and new hygienists. No one talked down to me. No Cavities!

Now. Tomorrow I spend a day with my mother-in-law. It’s her 75 th birthday party.

Until last year, this woman hadn’t spoke to me or Michael for over ten years. Then at Owen’s father’s funeral last year, she started saying she loved me.  Seriously.  The woman has lost her mind. Maybe she’s on new meds; I certainly know how that is. Our relationship is rather formal, uncomfortable, awkward. She’s nice. I’m nice. I think it’s good to think positive thoughts. I always take a book with me.

Owen and Michael are forgiving because she lost her life partner of 53 years.  Michael and Owen are kind people. Me? I don’t want to be bothered. It was pleasant not to be around Owen’s family. Being dissociative, I shouldn’t be around people like them.

I’ve never been accepted into that family and now I don’t want to be. They don’t accept me because I’m black and Owen is white. We’ve been married over 30 years.

My plan is to smile, eat, and slip quietly into our truck with a book.  Maybe me and Owen’s gay niece can hang out together.

I’ll let you know what happened.


Talking Heads: Slippery People

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I Have to Go to the Dentist

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I have to go to the Dentist and I’m shaky and scared. I do want to hold onto my teeth as long as possible so I need to go. I know I need to go and I know there will be some switching going on.

Those instruments are scary, and the hygienists are mean to me sometimes. It’s hard to stand up for myself because I’m thinking and reacting to them as if I’m an abused child.  I need to change dentists, but I get tired of it. Every time I find a good dentist they stop accepting our insurance and then I have to find another one.

Today, I plan to put the hygienist in her place if she starts telling me I need to take better of care of my teeth in a condescending way. I’ll let you know how it went.

Author Quote: William Shakespeare

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“give every man thine ear but few thy voice;Hamlet Act 1 Scene 3. Some advice Polonius gives to his son Laertes.

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