The Last, First Miami Speakers

The story of the Miami language over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is one of fracture and dissolution. In this it is not unique among Native languages—or cultures. In fact, it’s difficult to talk about one without the other.

2017-07-21T12:18:48+00:00 July 14th, 2017|

The Seeds of Rebirth

On a snowy, ten-degree day in January 2009, my girlfriend and I woke up and randomly found our way to Gary, Indiana. We had Broadway to ourselves. At that time, the former Sheraton Hotel (since demolished) loomed menacingly over downtown.

2017-07-18T14:43:01+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

The Urban Rural

When I have written about Roseland it is usually about tragedy and trauma as the result of generations of neglect. When I tell white people where I live, their response always begins with a recollection

2017-09-05T11:28:20+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

Men Of Steel

Lorain, Ohio used to be louder. In the steel corridor, along West 28th, you’d hear the roar of the blast furnace from inside U.S. Steel’s plant, the melting of iron ore into hot slabs or billets, the ding of pipe crashing down off the lifts.

2017-06-15T11:09:39+00:00 June 15th, 2017|

How to Win Reparations

Somewhere between his 12th and 13th hour inside a Chicago Police interrogation room, Lindsey Smith decided to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. The year was 1972. Multiple officers had pistol-whipped, stomped on and beaten him, again and again.

2017-06-02T16:45:38+00:00 June 1st, 2017|