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Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

(239) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:08 PM

President Obama has less than two years remaining in his presidency. Recent events have caused me to rethink some initial conclusions I had been considering about the future historic legacy of his administration.

The fight against ISIS, the ongoing negotiations with Iran, the U.S. Supreme Court's pending review of a...

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Remembering the African-American/Jewish Coalition of Support for the March From Selma to Montgomery

(29) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:07 PM

This weekend will mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March From Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The events surrounding the march are the subject of the acclaimed motion picture Selma. When the film was first exhibited in several theaters throughout the nation, much of the media commentary focused on...

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From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive!

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:39 PM

On Sunday John Legend and Common, the writers and performers of the song "Glory" from the motion picture Selma, accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song after performing the song in front of a screen displaying some of the dramatic moments from the movie. Their performance and acceptance speech reignited...

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Black Influence on Political Power Starts With Fair Voting Rights

(13) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Almost 52 years ago, August 28, 1963,Martin Luther King, Jr., the 20th Century's pre-eminent Apostle of non-violence, social justice, and commitment to the pursuit of excellence, inspirationally described the road African-Americans had travelled from slavery and his "dream" to enable them to access future opportunities.

He was 34 years old,...

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Opposition to Same-sex Marriage Not the Same as Racial Segregation

(15) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Article 6, Clause 2 of our Constitution provides that "[t]his Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and...

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More Powerful Than the March of Mighty Armies

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 9:33 AM

The war movie American Sniper and the media discussion of the recent horrific videotaped executions of American citizens and foreign nationals by ISIS have ignited of an "eye for an eye" revenge sentiment among a growing number of Americans. These sentiments are causing some members Congress, Republicans and Democrats, to...

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Black History Month: From Slavery to Obama and Beyond

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Why do we as a nation celebrate Black History Month? Why are there no French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Jewish, Scandinavian, Irish, Scottish, Greek, etc., history months?

We do so because none of the ancestors of those ethnic groups were brought here from their respective country of origin and enslaved in...

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Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:11 AM

I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.

I watched on television the visit of...

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on His 86th Birthday

(25) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Today is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Were he alive today, nearly 47 years after his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, he would be 86 years of age.

This weekend our nation will observe its annual commemoration of this great man's life. It comes at a time...

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For the Record

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 5:21 PM

We have not yet seen the film Selma. Pending this, we are surprised and perplexed as to why there should be any controversy about the respective leadership roles of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson concerning the events in Selma, Alabama, January though March of 1965....

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 5:57 PM

While reading and grading term papers in the undergraduate course that I teach at the University of San Francisco, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the New York City police officers recently assassinated as they sat in their patrol car, by an apparently...

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Beyond the Paralysis of Analysis: Proposed Actions Following the Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Etc.

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was our nation's preeminent apostle for social change and the acquisition of political power by nonviolent direct action. Part of the genius of his leadership was his astute recognition that no matter how compelling the argument for ending racial segregation may have been on the...

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'More Powerful Than the March of Mighty Armies Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come'

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Demonstrators in Ferguson and various major cities nationwide have been peacefully protesting the failure of the St. Louis County grand jury to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. They carry signs that say, "Black Lives Matter," "Claim Power," "No Justice, No Peace," and...

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Ferguson: The Mirror That Reflects America's Open Secret

(40) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 7:36 PM

In July 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson formed the 11-member National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission, to explain the riots that had plagued U.S. cities each summer since 1964 and provide recommendations for the future. The commission's 1968 report, known as the "Kerner Report,"...

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A Reality Check on ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:27 AM

During the current news cycle, any critical discussion about our policy toward ISIS, or about our foreign policy in the Middle East in general, will be subordinated or obscured by coverage of President Obama executive action on immigration, the recent murder of several rabbis worshiping in a synagogue in Israel,...

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A Change Is Gonna Come

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 1:27 PM

In the 24-hour, cascading-waterfall news cycle, news that would otherwise get our attention sometimes becomes obscured by the sheer magnitude of other news. Such is the case this week. Vying for our attention are the runoff election in Louisiana for the U.S. Senate; President Obama's trip to China; the nomination...

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Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:14 AM

I wish we could select winning lottery numbers as accurately as we anticipated the Republican sweep in the midterm elections. The strategic objective of the Republican Party was to make the elections a national referendum on the policies and leadership of President Obama.

Rather than stand and fight on these...

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The Real Threat to Our Country

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM

While the U.S. government and media are focusing on Ebola and ISIS as the principal external threats to our country, a potentially serious threat to public safety and domestic tranquility is growing 24/7. This threat arises from the deterioration of trust and escalating anger within African-American communities toward police, not...

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Let's Tell It Like It Is

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 12:22 AM

We witnessed the "scenario" taking place in Fergerson, Missouri before. More often than not a white police officer shoots an unarmed, young black man under circumstances where it would appear less-than-deadly force was an option that could have pursued in connection with the effort to arrest the young black person.

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Ferguson Is Reminiscent of Some of This Country's Worst Moments

(52) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:40 PM

No, no! My smart TV is playing a visual trick on me.

Am I actually watching, in real time, military-garbed police in Ferguson, MO, pointing their weapons at persons in that community who have peacefully assembled? People who gathered to express their outrage over the recent shooting by an unidentified...

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