Category: Racial

I ate a bag of Skittles and lived to tell about it

I ate a bag of Skittles and lived to tell about it
I tried to buy a bag of Peanut M&M’s the other day, but when that spiral thing in the vending machine stopped going around and around, the M&M’s were still hanging from their slot. Don’t you hate when that happens? There’s no one around and no way to get your money back. It’s one of... Read more »

Was Judge Bruce Schroeder part of the Kyle Rittenhouse defense team?

Was Judge Bruce Schroeder part of the Kyle Rittenhouse defense team?
15 days before Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he was sitting in a car across the street from a CVS pharmacy. Rittenhouse observed several people in hoodies exiting the store and incorrectly – racially MIS-profiling them – assumed that they were doing something wrong. Someone in the car was recording... Read more »

Was justice served by Derek Chauvin's twenty two and a half year sentence?

Was justice served by Derek Chauvin's twenty two and a half year sentence?
The short answers to the title question are No and It depends. In one respect, justice can only be judged by the aggrieved. In another, it can only be judged by history. For history to be a reliable judge, it must be taught. A certain Party here in the U.S. of A. seems to be... Read more »
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New Rule: Bill Maher has to stop telling us that America is a post-racial society

New Rule:  Bill Maher has to stop telling us that America is a post-racial society
Happy Juneteenth, America’s twelfth and newest federal holiday. Celebrating the date on which Black slaves in Galveston, Texas were set free two and half years AFTER the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation has its own special irony, not the least of which is that it comes 156 years after the fact, but that is... Read more »

Antifa: Why aren't you a member, Ron Johnson?

Antifa:  Why aren't you a member, Ron Johnson?
In the American President, a 1971 film to which I often refer, President Andrew Shepard defends himself from his political opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, who has castigated him for being a member of the ACLU. Shepard explains in a press briefing that the American Civil Liberties Union “…is an organization whose sole purpose is to... Read more »

Don't kid yourself, all lives don't matter

Originally posted July 15, 2016 The American Civil Liberties Union is in business to defend the constitutional rights of all individuals.  There are other organizations to protect and defend the rights and lives of their members, as well as the general public. The Anti-Defamation League, whose slogan is Imagine a World Without Hate, focuses on... Read more »
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Derek Chauvin may be a murderer, but he shouldn't be the face of American law enforcement

Jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is supposed to start tomorrow and Minneapolis is battening down for what may be stormy seas. That process, which could take 3-4 weeks, may be delayed until the issue of a third-degree murder charge is resolved. Opening arguments are set for March 29.... Read more »

The Nazis are coming!: GOP embraces the Fourth Reich

The first part of the above title is a paraphrase of something that never happened. Paul Revere never said, The British are coming, but that’s a story for another day. The Nazis however, are not just coming, they have arrived. Thanks to Donald Trump and the Right’s obsequious and frantic attempts to pander to his... Read more »

Free, White and 21: Livin' large in the USA

Free, White and 21:  Livin' large in the USA
It was the late 70’s and YMCA was a staple at bar mitzvahs and weddings.  Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight was in heavy rotation on Chicago’s The Loop radio station and Hip Hop was on the rise. About that time my fledgling career crossed paths with that of a man I will call John, whose career... Read more »
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Kamala Harris will write history, but not all of us will enjoy reading it

Kamala Harris will write history, but not all of us will enjoy reading it
In a perfect world, the election of Kamala Harris to the office of Vice President of the United States would be a joyous occasion. Ah, but for that perfect world. I was planning to vote for Harris in the Illinois primary and felt robbed when she dropped out of the race.  I am truly delighted... Read more »