Race

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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After the Storm in Trump’s America

What will the victims of Hurricane Harvey have to look forward to after the storm? Will they have health care?  Will they have rental assistance?  Will they have extended unemployment insurance?  Will homeless shelters have enough beds?  Will Food Stamps and school lunches be available? Maybe.  But, perhaps not. There was a time when our […]

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Slavery and Capitalism: A Story of Co-dependence

Without the labor of blacks in America, the cultural and economic history of this nation would be vastly different. Edward E. Baptist, professor of history at Cornell University, relates in sharp relief the history, context and continuing impact of slavery and its powerful impact on U.S. economic, social and political life in his book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.

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Disappearing

A few weeks ago Washington, D.C.’s African-American community was suffering the collective pain of at an alarming, seemingly unprecedented increase in the number of young black girls reported as missing.  No Amber Alerts, no news features on television; nothing. D.C. police insisted that the rate missing black children had not increased. However, their statistics did not stem the […]

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Color: You Cannot Not See It

Anyone who says they do not see color is not telling the truth. It is the first thing we all see. There is no colorless society in America. There never has been: that is unless you consider whiteness as being without color. If that is the case, then our society could be considered colorless since […]

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Orange is the New Black, Brown and Green

Just finished “binge watching” the second season of “Orange is the New Black.” It is a finely crafted tapestry of social commentary, policy analysis, realism, questioning of generally accepted stereotypes, morality, and humanity–this series weaves this issues together into an entertaining dark comedy. It is a provocative body of work that should make us all […]

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