4realpeople

I am an African-American woman who has lived my life on the cusp of all of the most significant social, domestic and foreign policy movements of the past half-century. I was born in the middle of the baby boom. I am a personal witness to the March on Washington, the Black Power movement, the rise of feminism and then the first Earth Day. The war in Vietnam and Watergate unfolded before my very eyes. I watched Republicans demonize Jimmy Carter for attempting to bring compassion to government's treatment of the poor and the environment and having the audacity to speak out loud of the coming ideological war facing the nation. I watched as Ronald Regan eased the country into that war and what would become the ever-expanding, insidious and inhumane age of ultra-conservatism, fascism in the name of the Lord and the evolution of ever-present, state-sanctioned racism. My Master's thesis was an analysis of the deal with the Devil that Bill Clinton made as he "changed welfare as we know it" into a punitive, regressive inescapable trap that reinforced and re-institutionalized systemic support for the cycle of generational poverty for people of color. I watched as leadership at the federal state, and local levels colluded in the deconstruction of the domestic policy infrastructure of our government and shredded the safety net of job training, childcare, education, transportation, cash assistance for the poor in an unprecedented rending of the social contract of America with its people. "I am woman hear me roar." Willie Horton and Michael Brown. "I Am a Man" to "Black Lives Matter." These have been the hallmarks of my journey from a tiny town in rural Missouri where Jim Crow ruled to this place where today I work on behalf of urban and rural poverty-stricken and communities of color from the heart of one of the most powerful institutions in the world. I am still living public policy, but now, as we are on the cusp of the end of America as we have known it, I am speaking out loud; sharing my struggle to make sense of the world of increasing senselessness

Schools and Guns

What happened in that school in Broward County, Florida is horrific. My question was and has been since the mass school shooting epidemic erupted is why not metal detectors? Black and brown children in inner-city schools have been subjected to that, bag searches and more for at least a couple of decades. No one ever […]

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Republican Supremacists?

The American people deserve to understand why Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and Congressional Republicans are hell-bent on pursuing an irrational and reprehensible public policy agenda. McConnell’s current, frenzied mission to drum up fifty votes to abolish Obamacare by September 30 and to cut $1billion from Hurricane Harvey relief to fund the Trump border wall folly […]

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Deconstructing Trump=Truth

The Rachel Maddow Show shares more of Maddow’s remarkable ability to play the long-game in pursuit of the truth. She and her team stay on stories that confound other news outlets and analysts. When others throw up their hands and move on, Rachel digs deeper. Deconstruct, analyze, remain vigilant and tenacious; these are the skills […]

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