Racism & Classism

Early on in my research about breed specific legislation, it became increasingly understood the laws were never really designed to specifically target the dogs, but instead born in the 1980s to be used as a tool to conduct what otherwise would be illegal searches on suspect individuals, often targeting protected classes of people in urban communities. The laws were overwhelmingly enforced in low-income households and/or black neighborhoods.

This dedicated page on the “Once In A Lifetime” website will be all about racism and classism.

Blog Entres | Racism and Classism

This Unpopular Law Needs To Finally Die

If you had told me on April 25, 2007 when I decided to start a documentary about dogfighting, that I would still be investing all my time 14 years later on issues related to dogs labeled “pit bulls” in the year 2021, I probably would have called you crazy. Sure, […]

River Fire Films Releases Concept Trailer

My Cleveland-based video production company, River Fire Films, released the concept trailer this week for the upcoming doc-series titled “Once In A Lifetime” (OIAL), giving interested viewers a glimpse of what the 5-6 one hour episode documentary will be once finished. While this doc-series may have officially began production the […]

This May Come As A Surprise…

This may come as a surprise to some – no matter how many times someone labels me as such, I am not a “pit bull” advocate. I became one once, but then something happened. No, I didn’t have a negative experience with an alleged “pit bull” dog and decide to […]

The Defining Moments How I Got Here: The Intro

Over the course of production for this doc-series, I will be writing blog entries pertaining to subtopics the film covers. I’ve shrunk it down to 6 primary categories: Dogfighting; Breed Specific Legislation; the Animal Welfare and Sheltering Systems; the Human-Canine Bond; Racism and Classism; and Mental Illness. If there was […]

Don’t Know What You Got, ‘Til It’s All Gone.

I never really wanted three dogs…it just sorta happened, which is partially why the process of gathering my thoughts for the contents of this blog entry have been so painful to digest and write about. But, since the evening of July 8, 2020, it’s been long overdue. I can’t seem […]