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B.J. Garrison
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Bishop M. Garrison, Jr., known to most as BJ, originally hails from Lexington, S.C. With his mother a former collegiate English instructor and a lifetime educator, BJ quickly gained an interest in both reading and creative writing around the age of nine. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 2002. He served two one-year long tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Army Calvary Regiment, also known as the “Brave Rifles,” and is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Badge. After his time in the Army he attended and graduated from the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va. Recently, he completed work with the Obama-Biden reelection campaign as the Director of Constituency Outreach and the Director of Veterans Outreach for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He currently resides in Arlington, Va.

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Less than Sterling: Racism in 'Post-Racial' America

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:32 PM

In the wake of alleged comments made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, there is yet another discussion on race taking place within American society. I wasn't planning to wade into the frigid waters of this debate, but here we are facing yet another attack on America's racial...

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Veterans Day: War and Social Numbness

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:27 AM

This weekend is Veterans Day weekend. From Sacramento to Portland, Maine there will be parades, backyard BBQs, cakes, and moments of reflection as Americans celebrate everything Veterans and their families have sacrificed for this country over the years. It will be a somber but joyous time of appreciation. Yet even...

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Time to Take the Lead: Virginia and the Gun Show Loophole

(16) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 12:42 PM

On Jan. 9, the Virginia General Assembly began its yearly session. As many will recall, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth became political cannon fodder during the 2012 election cycle. From late night show quips that introduced the world to the term "transvaginal" to a personhood...

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Success and the Black Cause

(21) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Recently on the sports talk show "First Take," ESPN's Rob Parker made a few remarks in reference to Washington's rookie standout quarterback Robert Griffin, III. In particular, Parker questioned RGIII's "blackness." Parker referred to discussions with his colleagues in which they wondered if the Rookie of the Year...

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Religion Among the Ranks of the Long Gray Line

(122) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 10:16 AM

This week a former West Point Cadet named Blake Page wrote this piece detailing his contempt for the policies, procedures, and what he regarded as overall criminal behavior and treatment during his time at the Academy. Ultimately, Page decided that his experiences and what he considered to be...

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