So, You’re A Philosopher?

Yes, I think very deeply.

This song is 30 years old. And I remember the words just like I did back then. Yes, KRS-ONE is problematic. We all are. I also am a believer in hope–getting what you need to grow and move while discarding the rest and recognizing that it (whatever it is) can and will get better.

But I digress.

I am nearing the very end of my doctoral studies and am realizing that no matter how many folks I have as models, mentors, etc., there is only one me. I have been trying to fit myself into this professorial/academic mold that I cannot fit into. I straddle many lines. Hell, I straddle many worlds. A child of the late 70s/80s whose maternal grandparents were both born before 1910–I have been traversing time and space all my life. I am both young and old. Wise and naive. Southern and East Coast elite (or so I’ve heard). All of this and then some play a role in who I am as a teacher, how I do my my work, and my motivations.

It’s time to step out of the box.

It’s time to to tear the box up.

It’s time.


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