In a recent chat online, someone asked me about excerpts of the social commentary that I ascribed to one to my characters, Riley in Commitment, and wanted to know who had written it. I told her that I had, and that in my other life, that’s what I do, write about public policy and advocate for public policy change. She expressed interest in reading some of what I’ve written, so I’ve decided to dig some stuff up and post here, piece by piece as I find them. Lots of it will be dry as dirt if you’re not interested in the particular issue, but maybe some will pique your interest. Much of it is political, and here I should warn folks that I am über-progressive so feel free to bow out now.
This is breaking a cardinal rule, of course, “getting political” is something folks are warned not to do if as an author of “popular” fiction, you want to maintain or develop universal appeal. But I can’t help it. As Popeye said, “I am what I am”. And politics of all kinds is a big part of who and what I am. Still, nothing I write is ever offensive or accusatory of other points of view, it’s just . . . the way I see it.
SLEEVELESS: I wrote ‘Sleeveless’ in 2009 when the media developed it’s irrational fascination with Michelle Obama’s arms. I thought it wasn’t just about the arms, it was something much deeper. And ‘Sleeveless’ was a commentary on what I thought the media flap was REALLY about.
RACE & POWER: A RESURGENCE OF WHITE-SKIN PRIVILEGE IN THE POST-OBAMA ERA: This opinion piece was written when I was getting a little sick of the term ‘post-racial’ particularly since it was becoming apparent that America was more race-conscious than it had been in a very long time.
SEVENTEEN: Dead 17-year old Black boys. Nuff said.
And, of course … about Writing