Atlanta Public Schools

This week the Board of Education of Atlanta Public Schools voted not to renew the contract of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, the system’s Superintendent. The reason they offered was her irreconcilable differences with members of its own body. While citing those differences...

What of Merit?

I recently gave an address at SXSWEDU. During the question and answer segment of my presentation I had a dialogue from the stage with a White man in the audience: Him: What do you think it would take for other underrepresented, or Black students to do what you’ve...

Police, Computing, and Nationalism

Today I was pulled over by the police on my way home. It was rush hour and the traffic was heavy, but it wasn’t dark yet. I was just crawling along when he flashed his lights behind me. I thought at first that he just wanted me to get out of his way. I pulled over,...

The Wall and the Structure of Racism

TSA The President’s partial government shutdown is sneaking up on two weeks long and the essential personnel that work for unfunded sectors of the government are working without pay – through the holiday season, which is an added cruelty. In Atlanta, the most visible...

The Future of Atlanta

Not all crises happen quickly.  Some of them are slow acting poisons and catch us by surprise when it’s too late. They are the reason public policy is so difficult. Atlanta is in the midst of such a crisis.  The city is emptying out of Black people. Let’s simplify so...

Better Versus Perfect

America is a complicated place. I am struggling with what it means to be an American patriot. As a Black person, the idea of patriotism is elusive at worst and difficult at best. Being the child of immigrants complicates matters even more. My roots don’t run deep in...