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Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:11 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 | 10:03 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 | 6:21 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

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 6:57 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 | 4:55 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 | 1:18 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 | 8:36 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 | 12:27 PM

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 | 2:27 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 | 12:14 PM

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 | 6:10 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 | 1:22 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 | 5:40 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 | 12:24 PM

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 | 6:12 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 | 3:01 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 | 9:23 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 | 1:52 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 | 12:08 PM

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 | 1:36 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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