iOS app Android app

Molly Secours

Entries by Molly Secours

Nashville Youth Take to the Streets for Historic MLK March

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 10:11 AM

In 2009 Nashville youth from the Oasis Center took to the streets of historic Jefferson Street Baptist Church to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and the inauguration of Barack Obama. The youth reveled in interviewing those who actually knew and marched with Dr. King when they were...

Read Post

Horsing Around With Gangs: Horse Whisperer Meets Gang Advocate

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 9:43 AM


At first glance Joe Guy and Ron Johnson are literally worlds apart. Guy is white, grew up in suburban Sydney Australia and Johnson, African American was raised in one of the roughest housing projects in North Memphis. When they...

Read Post

When a 'Bad White People Day' Is Just Another Tuesday

(25) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 10:08 AM

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, there was a 17-fold increase in hate crimes directed against Arab Americans from the previous year, and while current national and local headlines suggest that the attacks continue, not all make the news.

Not all hate crimes result in physical injury...

Read Post

Think Public Transportation Isn't a Social Justice Issue? Think Again

(15) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 12:55 PM


Yesterday after circling back to my house three times in a row on my way to a meeting because of a faulty memory, it occurred to me what a luxury and privilege it is to get four blocks from home and turn around to...

Read Post

Raceaholics Anonymous: A 12-Step Program Just for the Tea Party ?

(14) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 2:19 PM


Although the misspelled signs are everywhere, it would take more than a few English professors to articulate the logic behind what seems to be an addictive epidemic of intolerance and discontent raging through the Tea Party movement.

Read Post

God Interview II: Sarah Palin Gets Equal Time With God and Explains Tea Party

(39) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 3:07 PM


After granting an exclusive interview with Katie Couric last week and then being accused of pandering to the liberal media, God accepted an invitation by Rupert Murdoch to give equal time to Fox News. After vigorous arm wrestling and a fierce...

Read Post

Katie Couric Interviews God About Ground Zero Mosque

(66) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 11:22 AM


Perhaps disappointed and bemused with the incessant bickering, backbiting and slandering, God finally agreed to set the record straight about the proposed Ground Zero Mosque in an exclusive interview with Katie Couric.

Due to obvious security concerns--and because God's image or...

Read Post

Cancer, Basil Marceaux and Tennessee's "Goober"natorial Spectacle

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 11:34 AM

After the phone rang three times last week with family members snickering about Basil Marceaux and the political race in Tennessee, I sat down to ponder the peculiarity of the gubernatorial spectacle in my state. That some pundits were referring to it as the 'goober'natorial offers a clue...

Read Post

The Trouble With "Black Folks"

(84) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 2:42 PM

Unfortunately, many white people aren't conversant (or honest) enough about the roots of racial bias to admit that often when a high-profile black person is accused of illegal activities or just clouded judgment that deep within is a sense of validation, confirmation and for some, even satisfaction. Even if the...

Read Post

When Art and Activism Spill Over in Nashville: "Head for the Hills"

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 3:29 PM

It seems the lines of art and activism have always been blurred and just like as a friend of mine says: 'A poem is rarely ever just a poem.'

I remembered those words several weeks ago when Nashville cinematographer Jeff Wyatt Wilson told me Nashvillian...

Read Post

Blabbers Remorse, White Entitlement, and General Stanley McChrystal's Ego

(43) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 1:38 PM

We've all done it. Said things we didn't mean or at least shouldn't have said out-loud. Sometimes in the midst of apology we find ourselves saying something like, "I don't know what came over me," as if temporarily possessed. And very often we are--in that the tirade has the effect...

Read Post

Rural Youth Need to Be Seen and Heard

(10) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 6:14 PM

Several weeks ago, while chatting with a male friend in my office, an associate's seven-year old adoptive son popped his head through the door to say hello -- as is his custom. Although, more subdued than normal -- perhaps fatigue or a tough day at school -- he extended an...

Read Post

Fear and Loathing in Tennessee, Arizona and All Points North and South

(23) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 3:35 PM

Pick a fear, any fear. Just like a card trick, the one selected in your mind will be chosen by a master magician whose expert sleight of hand impinges your ability to see through the illusion.

Are you afraid of dark skinned people whose native language is something other...

Read Post

Disposable Children: Nashville Teen Faces Life in Prison

(25) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 5:24 AM

Like most people I am surprised when I receive a letter in the mail the old fashioned way: with a postage stamp, delivered to my front door. It took me a few moments to realize it was from a young person I hadn't seen since 2004 and have thought a...

Read Post

Nashville Floods: The Inequities of a Natural Disaster Are usually Man-Made

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Whether natural or man-made, disasters have a way of bringing people together. They also have a way of exposing the differences in how we experience a crisis.

As the world knows, last Sunday, Nashville was pummeled by horrendous flood waters that so far have left 18 dead in Tennessee, thousands...

Read Post

Nashville: Not Just Flooded with Water; But Civil Rights Memories

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 12:24 PM

Almost every year one of my family members calls and asks me if I remember what this day means and I clumsily shuffle through the mental rolodex for the appropriate occasion -- only to get it wrong. For my brother the celebration of his sobriety is as significant as his...

Read Post

White Washing and Dressing Up History: Grooming Southern Belles For The Tea-Party Movement

(14) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 3:45 PM

It seems everything I write these days is from a post-chemo perspective not because I still suffer the effects of the experience, actually quite the opposite. The upside of cancer -- as I like to call it -- is that nothing looks the same as before. As if borrowing eyes...

Read Post

Colicky Babies, Tea Party Tantrums & Compassion

(18) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 7:22 PM

I got a call recently from a friend who was at the end of her rope. Her infant was colicky, and although they'd tried everything, their beloved bundle of joy wouldn't stop screaming. Singing, rocking, cajoling, feeding or changing his diaper had no effect. Even strapping him into the kiddie...

Read Post

Cancer, John Mayer and "Please Don't Call Me Racist" : Diffusing the R-Bomb

(27) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 11:40 AM

Perhaps the most dreaded words in the English language, the C-word and the R-word, are uttered in hushed tones and in mortal fear of being overheard or attributed to oneself.

It wasn't until recovering from stage IV uterine cancer that I began to notice the parallels between cancer and...

Read Post

White People "Passing": John Mayer, Racism and The Arrogance Of Whiteness

(462) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 3:27 PM

Yesterday I was musing about the unconscious arrogance of pretty young women who believe they will enjoy the world of privilege and power afforded to them by beauty -- forever. It seems all it takes is a 40th birthday to notice the expiration date on the 'all access pass.'

Read Post