What Clint Smith and Frederick Douglass Taught Me About Critical Race Theory

“Oppression doesn’t disappear just because you decided not to teach us that chapter.”

I decided to write this post reflecting on the first July 4th celebration since the government officially recognized Juneteenth.

I’ve been following Clint Smith for some time now, after his Crash Course video series popped up on my YouTube feed at the same time that I read an article about him in Poets & Writers.

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“Let me Axe You About Using ‘Axe'”

“I’m sorry.  Did you mean to say you ‘asked‘ me a question?  Because ‘axe‘ is something you chop wood with.”

Ever hear that one?  There is a reason I ‘axe‘ this question of you.

We commonly hear that saying “axe” when you mean “ask” is bad grammar, is a sign of ignorance.  Is this true?  And what does the use of “axe” say about a person?

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