Category: Civil Rights

A straight man’s thoughts about Pride Day

A straight man’s thoughts about Pride Day
Yesterday was Pride Day in America. New York City and other major metropolitan areas had parades, speakers, and other events to mark the day. The observance is nearly fifty-years-old, having started in 1970. The first Gay Pride Day was the year after the Christopher Street riot in New York City. The New York City police... Read more »

Is the NFL enabling white contempt for African-Americans?

Is the NFL enabling white contempt for African-Americans?
The National Football League took a knee on racism yesterday. Some argue the league is making a patriotic stand. I disagree with that. The NFL is bowing to white racists who either are not aware of just how racist a tune The Star Spangled Banner is or know, and hold African-Americans and their experience in... Read more »

What every Democrat needs to know about Republicans Part 1

What every Democrat needs to know about Republicans Part 1
For forty-four years, I was a Republican. My family roots go back to the very start of the party. We were there in the beginning, and my Mother’s family helped organize the party in Illinois in the 1850s. I heard tales from my Great-grandmother about a fella her Grandfather knew named Abe Lincoln. As a... Read more »
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Do we forget that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical?

Do we forget that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical?
Fifty years ago today, an assassin struck down one of America’s greatest leaders. It seems like it was just yesterday, and already a half-century has passed. I was seventeen years old, and a few months away from graduating from High School the day James Earl Ray struck down Dr. King. I was home from school... Read more »

Racism, real and imagined in 2018

Racism, real and imagined in 2018
When I was in the GOP, there was a belief among many conservatives that racism ended shortly after the Civil Rights Act became law in 1964. The way theory goes, that kind of behavior is now against the law, and people ceased the reprehensible acts of redlining, making Blacks use separate bathrooms, and denying African-Americans... Read more »

The N-word used against Black Cadets at the Air Force Preparatory Academy

The N-word used against Black Cadets at the Air Force Preparatory Academy
I am a U.S. Air Force Veteran and I am ashamed of the behavior of some of the cadets at the Preparatory Academy. I am proud of Lt. General Jay Silveria, the Commandant of the Academy, for his lecture to the cadets in the wake of a racist event at the Academy. The issue came... Read more »
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With each Tweet, Donald Trump proves Colin Kaepernick right

With each Tweet, Donald Trump proves Colin Kaepernick right
What makes the Colin Kaepernick timely is how Donald Trump proves Mr. Kaepernick’s point with each tweet. Did the GOP realize when they nominated Donald Trump for the office of President of the United States, they nominated a man who hates America? Despite all the wrapping himself in the flag, despite his misuse of the... Read more »

Illinois GOP has a racism problem just like the National GOP

Illinois GOP has a racism problem just like the National GOP
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a man I am ashamed to say I supported in 2014 has fired his communications staff in the wake of the racist cartoon shown in the photo above. The photo was published by the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chicago based Libertarian leaning conservative group that is closely tied to the Governor... Read more »

Donald Trump reaffirmed the GOP racist credential

Donald Trump reaffirmed the GOP racist credential
This is a major reason I left the GOP after 44 years as a loyal supporter. Let’s be very clear about something. It is not enough to condemn White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis, and the KKK. Members of the GOP must also condemn Donald Trump for his apologist comments toward the racists in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday.... Read more »
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I’m ashamed that I once was a Republican

I’m ashamed that I once was a Republican
The events of this weekend in Charlottesville and President Trump’s reaction has made me ashamed that I ever was a Republican. The party has become a source of shame for the decent people of the USA. The photo above is a screenshot from twitter. It shows the praise President Trump received for his “condemnation” of... Read more »