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“Stop Falling For The Okeydoke”

“You hit the nail right on the head!”

~ Bishop Felton Edwin May (Retired) of the United Methodist Church

“This book is a very personal and powerful examination of the “lie of race” that has served those in power well throughout our history and right up to the present day. [His book’s] approach dispels pervasive myths and untruths and illuminates the history, science and politics of this destructive ‘lie’.”

~ Myla Kabat-Zinn (daughter of Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States)

“I have known Stephen Tillett for many years, and he has been making big moves all his life. And now he is leading the way again with this incredible book! This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world!

~ Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence

Dear Reverend Tillett,

I just wanted to let you know that I really liked the article you wrote that appeared in the Capital today. I completely agree with you that “race” is a lie, and it is continually perpetuated in all sorts of subtle ways – when the census asks what your race is, when studies report demographics on race, when doctors’ offices ask you what your race is. I find it irritating and offensive that so many people think that what I look like on the outside has such a huge impact on my behavior, health, thoughts, and emotions. As a social science researcher, I believe that continuing to divide people by the color of their skin so we can talk about differences between “races” is unethical and abhorrent.

I was so pleased and gratified to see that somebody else thinks that race isn’t real either. 🙂

Keep up the good work!

~Colby,  Annapolis MD

Dear Stephen,

I am pleased to say that your book, “Stop Falling for the Okeydoke”, is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants a quick, sensible, and understandable discussion of what is, and has been, going on in this country for at least the last three hundred years.  It’s time to admit that God created one race, the HUMAN race, and that human beings created racism.  Anything we can create, we can destroy.  It’s time to destroy racism.  Reading this book will help people to realize how, when, and why it’s time to get busy and do that very thing.

The material concerning ‘tolerance’ is especially important, I think.

~ Jane Elliott

CTD, LLC., located in Maryland and established May 2, 2017, is a new company devoted to seeking and disseminating truth and dispelling misinformation and disinformation.  

Rev. Stephen A. Tillett was born & reared in Washington, DC.  He earned his Bachelors of Arts from American University and his Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity, both in Washington, D.C.  

“I am passionate about every reflection and representation of the human family coming together, not in a superficial “Kumbayah moment,” but in a manner that respects each one’s diversity and is devoted to full inclusion of every other one of us.”

Seeking Our Better Angels

Seeking Our Better Angels I think all decent people are heartbroken about the senseless murders of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiassen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. As someone who served on the Community Editorial Board for six months in 2014, I have a deep appreciation for the work, dedication and due diligence that goes into producing a quality newspaper every day. I do not always agree with some of their positions or conclusions, but I am also confident that their positions are not random or malevolent, but well thought-out, from their perspective. I understand that we will not always be in agreement, but I believe that we can at least be decent in our interactions, even when we disagree. That’s necessary to affirm given the precarious and oftentimes ugly era we are enduring in the public square right now. In spite of all that, most of the response to the shootings has been decent and humane. Humane is an apropos word right now. Being humane means to be compassionate, kind and “inflicting the minimum of pain.” How often, in our public interactions, have we approached things from an almost scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners perspective? But the thing that struck me most during the prayer vigils that were sponsored last week, was the fundamental spirit of humanity and decency that was on display. The vigils drew very eclectic groups of people together that might not usually be in one another’s company. We were there for a common purpose. To remember the people who lost their lives, to offer support and comfort to their families and coworkers, to praise the first responders for their quick response, and to affirm the work of journalists and journalism, even in difficult circumstances. And these crowds gathered in spite of personal or political ideology or ethnic variety. However, all of this decency-in-the-moment raises a big question for me. Why can’t we be decent to one another ALL the time? Why does it take a tragedy before we will put our pitchforks and torches down and interact with one another in a respectful way irrespective of our “differences?” I don’t know about you, but I am past tired of the nonsense that we have come to accept as “normal.” Your being in a different political party from me does not make you the devil. Your having more or less melanin in your skin should not be the decisive factor in how I see or interact with you. While it is difficult to see what “good” can come from a tragedy like this, I would like to suggest that I believe #AnnapolisStrong can become more than a momentary catch phrase for a grieving community. If we become resolute in our determination to interact with each other decently and respectfully, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County may be able to show a way forward to our beleaguered nation that calls us back from the muck and chaos to a place of decency, even when there is not unanimity. In the latter chapters of the Book of Genesis, Joseph encounters his brothers who sold him into slavery and tells them “you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good.” I firmly believe that if we decide…if we choose to treat each other decently and humanely all the time, we will find our way to a better place politically and become a true community. I felt a palpable sense of community last week, a feeling that no matter what, we’re in this thing together and we will only be able to make it through this – together! I quoted Dr. King at the vigil last week, who said, “we must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools.” I choose to live civilly with each of you, my brothers and sisters, no matter what! I close with this quote from President Abraham Lincoln, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” That’s Annapolis Strong! Pastor Stephen Andrew Tillett Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church

Valentine’s Day Massacre 2018

Why I’m Blacking Out Super Bowl LII: #NFLBlack0ut Till The End!

Why I’m Blacking Out Super Bowl LII: #NFLBlack0ut Till The End! In the fall of 1971, when I was in the seventh grade, a wave of excitement arose in the Washington DC metro area because of the new head coach and winning ways of the Washington football team. Coach George Allen came in like a storm, led the team to the playoffs and, in his second year, to its first Super Bowl appearance. These victories came as a result of the efforts of "The Over The Hill Gang" as they played under Allen's mantra, "The future is now!"  That began my 45 years as a dedicated NFL football fan. Unfortunately, that all came to a halt this season and I had to find other things to do with my Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. This change came as a result of the mistreatment and, in my estimation, public lynching of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has been blackballed as a result of his protest, where he chose to kneel during the national anthem played before the games, in response to the deaths of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of law-enforcement and other systemic ills in our nation.  Kaepernick dared to exercise his First Amendment rights and as a result it cost him, at least for this football season, the opportunity to apply his considerable skills and athletic abilities on behalf of some quarterback-needy franchise in the league. In response to this collusion among NFL teams to ensure that Kaepernick was not employed, some of my ministerial colleagues in the state of Alabama launched the #NFLBlack0ut effort. Their campaign called upon the African-American community and other citizens of good conscience not to watch or attend any NFL games or wear any team's paraphernalia until Kaepernick got a job. I am proud to say that I have maintained my commitment for the #NFLBlack0ut and have not watched a down of live football all season long. I did not watch the playoffs and I do not intend to watch the Super Bowl. In fact, if the collusion against Kaepernick continues next year, the league will have lost a 45-year fan for life, and I hope that Kaepernick goes north of the border and exhibits his athletic gifts in the Canadian Football League. Honestly, it has gotten easier not watching the games as the weeks have come and gone. While I love the spectacle, I am no longer willing to support a league that will promote as some of its marquee players men who have abused women and committed other crimes, but will punish and blackball one of the better quarterbacks in the league because he dared to have and voice an opinion about the systemic mistreatment of many of the brown-skinned citizens in this country. This will be the first Super Bowl I have missed since January 1972, but it would be the height of hypocrisy, in my mind, to have boycotted the entire season and then to watch the penultimate game of the year. And so I call on all people of good conscience who have participated in the #NFLBlack0ut during the course of the year to hold steady for this last game of the season and find something else to do next Sunday. Spend some time with your family and not in front of the TV.  Go visit a sick friend or a senior citizen in a nursing home.  You can participate in some community service project, go to the movies or just stay home and read a book, but do not augment the league's ratings one iota until this travesty of justice, the blackballing of one of the most generous humanitarians and philanthropists to ever have donned an NFL uniform, has ended.  Kaepernick has shown himself to be a citizen of the world and a man of great principle and conviction. He pledged to donate one million dollars to charities and community organizations and has done so, supporting youth initiatives, Meals On Wheels, the homeless and raised money for drought-stricken Somalia. I stand with him, and as a 20-year veteran of the United States military, kneel with him in opposition to the historic and current abuse of some of our fellow American citizens. #NFLBlack0ut till the end! Written by Rev. Stephen A. Tillett, Author of Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of “Race” Continues to Undermine Our Country, recipient of the 2018 “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award” and President of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP Rev. Tillett is available for Media Interviews by contacting Publicist, Dr. Unnia Pettus, at 202.696.2790 or via email at To learn more about the author, to purchase the book, or to follow him on social media, please visit the company website at

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