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2016 Presidential Election Choices

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 9:43 AM

Those who also follow me on Facebook and Twitter know my dismay and criticism of the Establishment Democratic Party under the leadership of Florida DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. It was obvious to me that the "fix" was in to assure the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential...

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The 21st Century's "Fierce Urgency Of Now"

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 12:48 PM

Civilization rests on a rule of law. This requires citizen respect for the law.

12 years ago, then Illinois Senator Barack Obama said in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston that there is not a white America, nor Black America, only "A United States of America."

Today,...

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If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2016 | 10:25 AM

From 1961 until April 4th, 1968 I served as a political advisor, personal lawyer, and draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Next month, August 28th, will be the 53rd Anniversary of the March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom. The "March" occurred four months after peaceful protesters against...

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For Whom The Bell Tolls?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 1:37 PM

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

The recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Minneapolis, MN followed by the killing of five and wounding of six other police officers in Dallas are the latest instances of the...

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Eli Wiesel: A Man For All Seasons, Keeper Of The World's Conscience

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2016 | 4:17 PM

The news was succinct: "Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six million Jews slaughtered in World War II and who, more than anyone else, seared the memory of the Holocaust on the world's conscience, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was...

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How Much Longer?

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 2:24 AM

August 28, 1963, standing only a few feet behind Dr. King, with almost 275,00 other people I watched and listened to his now famous "I HAVE A DREAM" speech. After the brutality of Birmingham, Alabama police with police dogs and high pressure fire hoses against Black boys and girls peacefully...

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Navigating Between The Parallel Universe and 2016 America

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 5:13 PM

Fifty-two years ago today, three young civil rights voter registration activists -- Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner -- were brutally murdered by police and other Klu Klux Klan members in Philadelphia, Miss. Goodman and Schwerner were white, Jewish, and from New York City; James Chaney, Black, was from...

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Louisville, KY Says "Farewell" To It's Hometown Hero

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:17 AM

Every time I return on a visit to States in the South I am reminded over and over about the historically unique role they have played in the development of our country.The impact of Slavery and its ideology of white supremacy on subsequent generational descendants of slave owners and slaves...

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MUHAMMAD ALI: A Transcendental Treasure, a Universal Hero

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 6:56 PM

Any words of comment about Muhammad Ali following his recent death seem superfluous, almost irrelevant to the 24/7 media coverage and commentary on the boxing career, life and legend of his extraordinary person and unique human being.

For a few days following the news of his passing, all other national...

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Michelle Alexander and Hillary Clinton's Presidential Candidacy

(51) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 2:04 PM

In the February 10, 2016 issue of The Nation Magazine, Michelle Alexander, author of the New York Times best seller, THE NEW JIM CROW-Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, wrote an article captioned "Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote"(Ithttp://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clinton-does-not-deserve-black-peoples-votes/.)It has been the subject of impassioned online debate...

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The 2016 'Dumbing Down' of America

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 9:52 PM

Has our nation become a national crazy house of cartoons? Have TV, print and social media come together to create a 27/7 "game show" or theatre of the absurd for us to participate and watch? Are we witnessing the ultimate "dumbingdownization " of America?

I thought we had traveled and...

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President Obama's Commencement Speech, Howard University

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:48 AM

I was inspired when I read the text of President Obama's commencement speech at Howard University this past Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Some of you may not know that Howard was founded as an "Historically Black College" (HBCU) in 1866 by missionaries initially as a training facility for black preachers....

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Walking & Talking Where Political Angels Fear To Tread

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Recent television pictures of protesters outside a rally of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Burlingame, CA, showed them carrying the flag of Mexico on sovereign US soil. This reminded me, yet again, of the domestic political time bomb of illegal immigration amidst our Presidential election this coming November.

The...

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Homelessness Is Still a Moral and Ethical Issue

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 10:44 AM

In speeches and in this space I have spoken and written about the issue of homelessness nationwide and here in San Francisco. I have repeatedly said that a new definition of what is considered to be morally and ethically "appropriate" is needed in our nation today. Otherwise, how does one...

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Public Discussion About Black-on-Black Gun Violence

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 12:34 AM

Earlier today I viewed an excerpt from a short video clip of Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens NFL star speaking to the Black Lives Matter movement about gun violence deaths of Black men resulting from the use of a gun by other Black men. Lewis made the point...

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Lest We Forget

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 1:30 AM

48 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was and is an incalculable loss to his family and our nation.

I have spoken and written many times about Dr. King. I have described him as "the 20th century's pre-eminent American Apostle of...

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Moral Relativism and The Deafening Silence of Silicon Wealth

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:59 PM

Fyodor Dostoevsky writes in his classic book, Crime and Punishment that you can judge the priorities and values of a society by how it treats it children, its elderly and inmates in its prisons. The media coverage of today's Republican and Democratic presidential primaries has preempted any thoughtful coverage of...

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Does the Republican Party Senate Leadership Treat President Obama Differently Because He Is African-American?

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 2:15 PM

On the night of Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009 for his first term as our elected President of the United States, a group of top GOP luminaries quietly gathered in a Washington steakhouse to lick their wounds and ultimately create the outline of a plan for how to deal with...

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Democratic and Republican Parties Moment of Truth

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 2:20 PM

"MORE POWERFUL THAN THE MARCH OF MIGHTY ARMIES IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME... (Victor Hugo)

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In the spring of 1968, less than four months before his death, in a speech at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about the importance of...

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Revisiting The Presidential Primary Election Contests

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Sometimes in seeking to understand the way in which current urgent political and economic, domestic and foreign issues are discussed in the media and among respective candidates in an election campaign it is useful to apply what I call the "real world" vs an "alternative altered State or parallel reality"...

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