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The Celebration of Alive & Free

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Against the cacophony of domestic and international news about the recent Iran Nuclear weapons agreement; the financial "bailout" of Greece; NASA's unprecedented photos of the planet Pluto; the travels and speeches of Pope Francis; the continuing fight against ISIS; Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other Republican and Democratic presidential contenders;...

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'If Not Now, When?'

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 7:01 PM

Attending The March on Washington film Festival here in DC has provoked lots of memories and reflection. The Festival presents films on civil rights related subjects over a period of several days. It challenges participants to think about our nation's history of struggle for civil rights in relation to subsequent...

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Now More Than Ever, We Must Talk About Slavery's Continuing Legacy in America

(9) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:44 PM

In the aftermath of the racist murders of nine African Americans in a venerable church in Charleston, South Carolina, Americans are beginning to talk more openly about the issues of race and race relations in our nation. But a common denominator of much of this discussion is the absence of...

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Racial Reconciliation and Background Checks Before Gun Purchase Are Our Only Choices

(303) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 8:02 AM

How many more acts of gun-based violence must occur before we as a nation, collectively with one voice, say, "Stop the killing -- enough is enough"?

How many more statements must we have from public officials, the president of the United States, media commentators, etc., before we come to...

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'Everybody Wants to Be Black Until the Police Show Up'

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:22 PM

The controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal in Spokane, Washington, is the latest example of America's craziness and hypocrisy when it comes to race.

Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of African-American history knows that for decades under slavery and thereafter, persons who were in fact biologically "Colored" or "Negro" but who...

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Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign Finally Gets It

(26) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 10:49 PM

There's a scene in the movie My Fair Lady when a lower-class flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, is being taught to speak the "King's English" by an upper-class Englishman, Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist who has appointed himself her speech instructor. Professor Higgins requires her to repeat over and over after...

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The Central Challenge We Face

(16) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:55 PM

In politics, what should be obvious is often obscured.

Hearing the statements of various Republican Party candidates for president of the United States, and statements or press releases issued by Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, and other putative democratic candidates, I feel in my gut a great disconnect...

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The Greatest Love of All

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 4:52 PM

It's graduation time at colleges and universities across our nation. As a member of the faculty of the University of San Francisco, I participated in some of this week's graduation ceremonies for students from USF's College of Arts and Sciences. USF is a Catholic Jesuit university, like Georgetown Univeristy, Boston...

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The Moral Challenge of Our Time

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 9:49 PM

"[H]ow many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.
The answer is blowing in the...

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Celebrating 10 Years of The Huffington Post Exemplifying the Best of the Web

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 7:04 AM

Wow. Has it really been 10 years since Arianna Huffington launched her website The Huffington Post?

In thinking about this blog post commemorating the 10-year anniversary of The Huffington Post, I had to pause and think a moment about exactly where I was and what I was doing 10 years...

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'Heed Their Rising Voices'

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 11:07 PM

Our nation owes a great debt to the young persons and older adults who protested against acts of actual or perceived police misconduct in Baltimore, Maryland; Staten Island, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; North Charleston, South Carolina; and other cities around the country. They are the moral...

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We're Mad as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore!

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:47 PM

OK, I'm not going to recite the litany of incidents between police and black men during the past several months. We all know the places: Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; Staten Island, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma; North Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; etc. And that list does not even include the...

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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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