Joseph Flynn

What Are The Real Issues With Guns?

Oct 12, 2015

  Once again our nation has received word of a tragic mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

A few days later while at my son’s little league game, my wife and I watched a child -- no more than four or five -- play with a toy assault rifle. Although the gun was cartoonish compared to the real thing, all of the accessories were there: a scope, ammunition belt, and… a trigger.

Some 'Opinions' Really Matter

Sep 21, 2015

  You know what I think? Well, this is how I see it…

In my opinion… If there is one thing cherished above all in the United States, it is the opinion. Fact: The Webster’s Dictionary defines opinion as both a belief, judgment or way of thinking about something, and as advice from someone with special knowledge or an expert.

Yes, anyone can have an opinion, but that does not mean it is informed or useful.

We Need To Get Beyond The Whisper

Aug 31, 2015

Have you ever heard the whisper?

Recently, in an empty parking lot, a colleague recounted a situation she had with a sales associate at a local store. “She was a Black woman,” my colleague whispered. I looked at her and asked, “Why are you whispering? There’s no one around!”

There were no controversial declarations or arguments, no racial epithets. So why whisper?

The whisper has become a social strategy to address potential insensitivity when talking about race. It reinforces the notion of race as a dangerous issue.

Salute And Thank-You To A Powerful Voice

Jul 31, 2015

August 6 will see the close of an important era in popular culture when Jon Stewart leaves Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

As its host since 1999, Jon Stewart has grown into a powerful voice in American politics and popular culture, earning critical acclaim and several awards -- including the best comedy series Emmy for 10 years in a row.

Joseph Flynn

Jul 31, 2015
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Joseph Flynn is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction and Associate Director for Academic Affairs for the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University.

He teaches courses related to social justice, multicultural education and curriculum studies. His scholarship offers critical examinations of race, media and popular culture, and curriculum. Currently he is author of White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice and a co-host for the podcast Mental Illness in Pop Culture.