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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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Walking Where Angels Fear to Tread

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:24 AM

In the language of 21st century social media, the conflict in Gaza may have reached a "tipping point," where the legitimacy of Israel's military actions to defend itself against rockets aimed at its civilian population has been become obscured by the 24/7 optics of almost 2,000 killed and many more...

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Remembering Martin Luther King's Stand for Peace as Violence Continues Abroad and at Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Our country is currently confronting several high profile issues:

*The crisis of hundreds of children from Central American countries seeking residency in our country
* The Israel-Palestine conflict
* The unprecedented uptick in gun violence in Chicago, Detroit, etc.
* The continued breakdown of communication and...

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Remembering Slain Civil Rights Workers, 50 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Thursday was the 50th anniversary of the moment we found out that three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were missing in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

On February 21st of this year I wrote a blog, in commemoration of Black History Month, "Opportunity to Reset...

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Talking About America's Original Sin

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 8:23 AM

It was inevitable; and, unavoidable. Sooner or later, the 24/7 invisible and unacknowledged issue in every American household would move from the shadows into the sunlight of morality and human decency once again: a national DISCUSSION about REPARATIONS for the successor generation of African-Americans whose ancestors, as slaves, provided centuries...

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For Obama, Still Not Too Late to Correct the Course

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Last month I wrote a blog saying:

"Don't let the Republican Party and its allied Super PACs define and limit the congressional districts' playing field to only the issue of supporting or opposing candidates who voted against or in support of Obamacare. The Democratic Party political strategy for the mid-terms...

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Course Correction Needed for Democrats in the 2014 Mid-Terms

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:08 AM

The resignation of Kathleen Sibelius as secretary Health and Human Services and the announced enrollment of 7.5 million of applicants under the new Affordable Care Act provide the Democratic Party, and the White House, with the opportunity to rethink their strategic political strategy for the 2014 mid-term elections.

A recent...

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50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:36 PM

I have listened to radio and television commentaries about the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Right Bill sponsored and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Recent eye surgery limited the time I could actually WATCH news shows discussing the recent anniversary's celebration at the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin,...

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The Connection Between 12 Years a Slave and Voting Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Now that 12 Years a Slave has won the Oscar for Best Picture, maybe -- just maybe -- it can persuade those governors who have signed legislation restricting the opportunities to vote in their states to re-consider their actions.

Perhaps such governors regarded the passionate defense of the Voting Rights...

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Black History Month: Opportunity to Reset the Button on Race in America

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Current events in Ukraine, the Sochi Winter Olympics, Hillary Clinton's probable 2016 presidential run, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal momentarily overshadow what appears to be widespread domestic racial animosity.

Why so much race-based anger? Why do so many people, who oppose or disagree with...

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Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part II)

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Income inequality is the other principal issue Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to focus on in commemoration of the anniversary of his birthday today, January 15, 85 years ago. He would welcome and publicly support Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") admonition on...

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Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Martin Luther King (Part I)

(39) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Wednesday, Jan 15th, 2014 is the anniversary of Dr. King's 85th birthday. Like others who are alive today and who worked with Dr. King, the most frequent questions asked of me are what would he say or do TODAY about such as issues gun violence, income inequality, same sex marriage,...

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Unavoidable Year-End Challenges to Redeeming the Soul of America

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:27 AM

TV and print media are preoccupied with looking back at the "worst" and "best" things or people in 2013. Most comment about the obvious people or events: the Republican Party-induced government shutdown, Edward Snowden's disclosure of the magnitude of NSA surveillance into our personal privacy, the botched online rollout of...

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The Duck Dynasty Controversy and Loving Our Neighbors

(53) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 8:05 AM

The recent statements by Phil Robertson, star of the A&E show, Duck Dynasty, expressing his views on same sex marriage and race relations have ignited a firestorm in the media. Several people, including the executives at A&E, have expressed "outrage" about Robertson and the views he expressed in an interview...

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A Wake Up Call for Obama's 'Winter Time Soldiers'

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 10:54 AM

In addition to the contentious roll out of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's recent speech on income inequality sends a clear message to his opponents: he is not and will not back down on advocating and fighting for his core beliefs.

In a recent speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, he...

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Media Hypocrisy 2.0 and 'Post Racial America' in the Age of Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Right and left wing journalists are have joined together to criticize and call for the firing of MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir for his remarks about Sarah Palin. He said she should be subject to the same kind of treatment that slave owners conducted against their slaves. Bashir referenced the dehumanizing...

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Reflections on Gettysburg and the Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 10:32 AM

The confluence of the the anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination has provided a unique background canvas for the current media commentary on both historic events. The innovative spoken word segments of the Gettysburg Address by various media personalities produced...

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The Roll Out of the Affordable Care Website: Obama's 'Katrina'?

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Fortunately, no series of events have yet occurred where President Obama has done or said anything equivalent to President George W. Bush's famous comment to his Hurricane Katrina disaster czar, "You're doing a good job Brownie."

The continuing launch problems of Obamacare, if not resolved in the near term, threaten...

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Obama and Syria: Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn't

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:14 PM

President Obama presented a compelling case for a military strike against Syria for its use of chemical weapons against its own people. He made it clear that it was not fundamentally a question of supporting the rebels or not supporting them. Nor was the principal immediate objective of the proposed...

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