My greatest concern with the story told in the movie Selma is that it presents the final march from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act as a triumphant conclusion to the African American Civil Rights Movement. But history is much more complicated.
You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.
As a young doctor, I removed a rubber catheter from the uterus of a woman with fever of 106 degrees. A dietitian in a nearby city had inserted the catheter through her cervix to induce an abortion.
We have made tremendous leaps forward before, and if we have the nerve and mutual respect to engage and act -- we can make progress again on the urgent matters we face today -- with economic inequity as the centerpiece.
I hear black folks arguing all the time about whether there has, in fact, been any progress. Isn't Selma itself an undeniable demonstration of progress for black folks?
Here is a list of 10 tips that I found to be effective and I hope that could be useful if you ever find yourself in a situation like that, you should always refer to an attorney for legal advice.
For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?
We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.
Is there a disconnect here? Since effective contraception lessens the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thus the number of abortions? Well, yes. But the people playing the Personhood Game simply have their eye on the prize: Fertilized egg wins, woman loses.
I'm not saying my religious beliefs are the way for everyone to live or believe. But neither are yours. In fact, they are not truly universal religious beliefs but your personal beliefs. And that's OK. But you don't get to impose those on everyone else to prevent them from living, working, and loving with the same freedom that you are afforded by virtue of who you are.
This week I talked with Josh Sanders, Director of External Engagement at the GO! Athletes Network, about the Change.org petition he initiated to demand that TLC cancel the reality show My Husband's Not Gay, which promotes the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to live as straight in order to be part of their faith communities.
As the film Selma screens nationwide to critical acclaim, police from Clarke County arrested nine students on Friday evening in Athens, Georgia, for organizing the first "integrated classroom" for both undocumented and documented youth at the University of Georgia.
I want to offer three recommendations to all who believe in freedom and are praying that 2015 is the year that future history books and major motion pictures show that we stood as communities and as a nation for justice for all. Having worked with so many powerful voices in this current generation, I believe we can.
In order to fight against fanaticism, there is no other way but to strengthen the principles of liberty, equality, tolerance and respect for the law.
We don't have to be the same to give each other credit and respect. We don't have to be bossy to teach. Our differences challenge us, but also enrich us.