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(21 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 30, 2017 America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance
This is a short essay on intolerance. More specifically, willingness of American citizens to accept ignorance as a way of being. This makes for a intolerable atmosphere where violence lives unimpeded.
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2020 An Economy Americans Will Die For: A Cautionary Tale
This is a piece describing an incident I experienced on last week where the Kenosha Transit Authority decided to divide the drivers from the riders, mostly seniors and disabled, by yellow caution tape!
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Fascism: Deep in the Soil of the United States
A look at James Q. Whitman's Hitler's American Model in light of the current push to limit what it means to be an American citizen and a push to limit who is a member of the master race.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 5, 2022 Harvard and America's Troubled History
This is an article in response to Harvard University's announcement to reserve funds for reparations and to investigate its role in slavery.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Superheroes for the 99%
This is an article responding to a movie review in which the critic and host spoke about the billions in sale as a result of Americans flocking to the cinema to see class warfare on the big screen.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2019 Bernie Sanders This Time?
This article is an attempt to discuss the impact the myth of whiteness in the US. No discussion of socialism can afford to discuss class struggle without addressing racism (white supremacy) as it functions to divide humanity in the US.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 10, 2019 The Many Faces of Abuse of Power
This is an opinion piece responding to Ronan Farrow's investigative inquiry into Brooke Nevin's claims of sexual assault. Women are not believed, for one. But the story points to abuse of power everywhere. Why are we surprised?
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 7, 2019 A Coded Message from the Finnish President?
This article is a response to the visit to the White House by the president of the Republic of Finland. I'm particularly responding to the absence of a discussion on what the Finnish president shared with the public.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2019 America is White, Isn't It?
This article is a response to the video incident (between Covington HS students and Native American Elder Nathan Phillips) at the Lincoln Memorial.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2020 The Tragic Pandemic of Greed
This article began in response to emails received from former students, now college teachers, working during this pandemic. Specifically, it's about corporate educational institutions and their push for more and more money--disregarding the health of students and teachers.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 30, 2017 Who's a White Supremacist?
Self-reflection on white supremacy. America is still not clear about the meaning of white supremacy. What does it look like in the everyday experience of its citizens.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2020 Warfare and Healthcare
Discussion on the vast amounts of money spend by taxpayers for the production of warfare and regime change when there's no money for healthcare amount other life-developing areas.
(41 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2020 Reading Frederick Douglass Part II
My second article examining the life of Frederick Douglass with a reading of David Blight's biography, "Frederick Douglass, The Prophet of Freedom".
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Doing the Right Thing Is What Matters
This is an article reflecting on the relevancy of the late June Jordan's understanding of a moral language when we battle for democracy. Reference to the "Civil War" between those opposed to democracy and justice and those in supprt.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 4, 2017 We Are Rebels!
Encouraging protests. Resistance.
A commentary on Chris Hedges' article, "When Fear Comes," January 8, 2017.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2020 "Where Are Your Scars?"
This article is a discussion on the upcoming 2020 presidential elections and the narrative that "the black community" is in Biden's pocket.
There are blacks who are socialists. Blacks who are not religious. The black community isn't monolithic.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 John Hersey's Hiroshima
This is a brief comment on John Hersey's Hiroshima, a book that should be re-read this 75th year of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 23, 2021 "Even as We Speak": The Killing Continues
Response article to the killing of Ronald Greene. "Even as we speak," is a phrase we hear all to often when it comes to the killing of Black citizens by law enforcement personnel.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 8, 2022 The Rights of Others
This article describes the experiences of Black Americans, often not garnering attention, but very much an example of racism at ground level.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 1, 2021 Precarious Home
This is an article about the precarious home in which Black Americans live.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 18, 2021 Refusing America's Democratic Ideal, Part II
This is Part II to a two-part series on Du Bois' Black Reconstruction. This article looks at the efforts of former abolitionists Stevens and Sumners and their challenge to the white supremacist, Andrew Johnson.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 12, 2021 The Company You Keep!
This is an exploration of The Great Gatsby's representation of Black Americans in the 1920s as it relates to the anti-Black sentiments we experience today.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 25, 2021 Who Will You Ask Black Americans To Vote For, Democrats?
This an article responding to the lack of action on the part of the democratic leadership when it comes to voting restriction laws.
In the meantime, I offer the example of Voting Rights activist Diane Nash and the necessity for non-violent direct action.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2014 "Dog Whistle" and "Middle Class" Americans
This article is a response to an interview of Haney Lopez on Democracy Now!, January 14, 2014. Lopez was discussing his new book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2018 On Trump's Balcony
Critical commentary regarding Kanye West's support for Trump, via Erich Nossack's description of indifference in the immediate aftermath of Allied bombings over Hamburg, Germany.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2020 The CROWN ACT: Black Hair Matters Too!
This is an article in support of the CROWN ACT which sits in the US Senate waiting for the likes of McConnell to consider whether or not discrimination against the texture of certain hair is democratic?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2021 No Guns Necessary
A look at the relevancy of Professor Carol Anderson's The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America and the suppression of the rights of black Americans
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 2, 2022 bell hooks: The Warm-Hearted Storyteller
Remembering bell hooks at work in the classroom. I remember the response of a young high school student in an Upward Bound program to the reading of Bone Black, hooks' autobiography.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 26, 2020 What's "Extremist" About Human Right, Democrats?
This is an article in response to the selections of old Obama and Clinton era cabinet members, as opposed to selecting new and vibrant people who are dedicated to democracy, not more of the same from corporate rule.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 30, 2018 The United States of Guns
Commentary on the US's leading role in the selling of violence--via guns/smart-tech weaponry.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 9, 2021 At Stake Is the Struggle for Democracy
This is an article about the undermining of the struggle for democracy--beginning in institutions. In this case, I provide a recent experience at a Kenosha hospital.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2022 Remembering the Door of No Return
This is an article employing Howard French's Born in Blackness to discuss the resistance of Americans to relinquish white supremacy.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 31, 2021 America, the Blinded
This is an article on the necessity of understanding and embracing democracy. Foundational to this article is Jamaica Kincaid's novel, Lucy, a protagonist from Antigua, who arrives and works in the household as a nanny to a middle-class white family.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 10, 2019 The Worst and the Best of Humanity: 1937 and 1969
This articles recalls the 1969 walk on the moon. This historical moment is linked to 1937 when von Braun takes charge of engineering the V-2 rocket. There is another historical moment, however. Black women answer NASA's call for mathematicians. And so what's hidden history culminates in Armstrong's first steps on the moon.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 2, 2021 White Fear in Wilmington, 1898 Part II
This is Part II of three articles using David Zucchino's Wilmington's Lie (2021) to reflect on a period of US history during and after Reconstruction.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Who Isn't Involved in "Politics"?
I ask the question, why do too many Americans claim to ignore what they call "politics" in their lives. What are they trying to avoid?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 12, 2019 When Warriors Danced: Lorraine and James
This is a cultural focus on Lorraine Hansberry's significance as seen through James Baldwin's eyes ("Sweet Lorraine" letter). It's women's history month.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 12, 2020 Abolishing White Supremacist Thinking
Article suggesting one area the new administration must address in support of grassroots efforts to end white supremacist thinking.