My name is Stanley Levy and, despite the Jewish name, I am black. I owe all that I am in this world to my dearly departed parents. My father remains, in death, the best man I’ve known in life. My mother always had my back, or kicked my backside. I love and miss them both. I am also a son of the Most High God, baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost and am unabashedly Pentecostal and Apostolic.
I am a former military brat, and a mildly decorated ex-Air Force officer. I attended public elementary and high schools, bused back and forth from the 7th through 12th grades. I was an athlete in high school and college. I graduated from one of the country’s best engineering schools. I have a master’s degree. I’ve been a husband, and I remain a father and a brother. I’ve been praised and despised by people of all ethnicities. By the grace of God, I count myself no one’s enemy.
For every accomplishment, there is at least one setback or failure. I’ve had the positive and negative racial experiences that comes with being black in America, plus my share of the ups and downs that come with being an American child of the late 20th century. Surviving the ups and downs has given me balance and perspective, and taught me that the only bad thing anyone can do is believe their current situation cannot, or will not, change.
And I have seen enough of other places to understand that the US, with all its challenges, is a kinder place than most for all people, no matter who or what they may be.
Using what ability God has given me, it is my mission and pleasure to share my insights with all who visit this page. I do not have all the answers. I’m still searching for all the questions. However, being one who carefully considers both, I present myself to you as a……
Black Man Thinkin’