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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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The Challenge Confronting African-American Presidential Primary Voters

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 8:44 AM

After watching the Republican and Democratic parties' presidential primary election debates and some of their respective campaign TV ads, one thing is unambiguously clear. The votes of the African-American and Hispanic communities will determine who will be the next president of the United States.

Our vote is the exercise of...

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The Current Struggle For The Soul of The National Democratic Party

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 9:42 AM

One of the stanzas of the Negro National Anthem written by James Weldon Johnson says:

"We have come over a way that with tears has been watered. We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered"

In the towering shadows of the earlier "Occupy...

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Navigating the 'Racial Divide' of the 2016 Presidential Primaries

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 4:14 PM

The sudden death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has added unique importance to the voter turn out among African-American voters in the Democratic presidential primaries. In an earlier tweet about a week ago, I said there were three key words that African-American primary voters should keep in mind...

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A Moment of Truth and An Historic Challenge

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:19 PM

Senator Sanders' significant defeat of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential primary effort in New Hampshire was impressive. For months, Clinton has been, and remains, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President.

Prior to the actual primaries, we always believed that leadership of the National Democratic party organization was stacked...

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The Return of 20th Century 'Political Paternalism'

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 2:50 PM

Political pundits have repeatedly referred to the "Black vote" as the the "fire wall" for a successful election with Hillary Rodham Clinton ascending to the presidency of the United States.

This means to me, and probably to any other person who reads or hears this spoken, that there is a...

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Homelessness in San Francisco and the Super Bowl

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:12 PM

This Sunday, the Super Bowl will be held on in Santa Clara, California, about 42 miles south of San Francisco. San Francisco anticipates lots of tourists for the game and related events. The city is concerned about the number of homeless people on the streets during Super Bowl events, and...

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Iowa Dem. Caucus Result Effort to Redeem the Soul of America

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:35 PM

A new cottage industry has developed in the politics of America. "Experts" and
"Spin Doctors" ply their skills to interpret what are otherwise empirical facts into "facts" in an alternative or parallel universe.

Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has based his candidacy on describing and asking questions about...

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Part 2: African-American Community and the 2016 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 12:15 PM

(CONTINUED): The African American Vote and the 2016 Primaries and Presidential Elections

In our blog of January 26, 2016 we wrote about the unique historical opportunity presented to African-American, Hispanic, and young voters in the 2016 State and national elections. We now want to revisit this issue.

The primary and...

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The African-American Vote and the 2016 Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 9:57 AM

In 1857 the African-American anti-slavery leader Fredrick Douglass said:

"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without...
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