Category: Racial

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Racism wrapped in specious, disingenuous arguments is still racism

Racism wrapped in specious, disingenuous arguments is still racism
Specious:  superficially plausible, but actually wrong. Misleading in appearance, misleadingly attractive. Disingenuous:  not candid or sincere, pretending that one knows less about something than one really does. John from Arizona sent me the following: The Wichita Horror: 20th Anniversary, by Jack Kerwick.  The piece starts out, In the era of Black Lives Matter when, as... Read more »

George Zimmerman had the gun in his hand BEFORE he confronted Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman had the gun in his hand BEFORE he confronted Trayvon Martin
The following was first posted on July 11, 2013, 17 months after George Zimmerman executed Trayvon Martin and almost 7 years before Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on camera.  In the 8 years and 3 months between the deaths of Martin and Floyd,  over 100 unarmed Black men, women and children have perished at the... Read more »

Trump to Nazis: "Stand back and stand by"

Trump to Nazis:  "Stand back and stand by"
Following the first debate between Little Donnie and Joe Biden last night, Sean Hannity said that a weak and frail Biden was steam rolled by a beat down from the President. That would be great commentary if Hannity was ringside at Monday Night Wrestling, but this was supposed to be a presidential debate.  It was... Read more »
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Black people would be happier if they could just be more Jewish

Black people would be happier if they could just be more Jewish
Black people could end the cycle of poverty and hopelessness, if only they could just be more Jewish.  So stated Sharon of upstate New York and it hurt my head. Sharon and her husband, Kenny seem like normal, reasonable people.  They’re intelligent, well-educated, and fun-loving. On a recent visit to their home, my wife, Broomhilda regaled... Read more »