Hillary's inability to envision changing hearts and minds shows she misunderstands history as it relates to racial struggle. She shows she doesn't get the moment we're in right now. Settling for simply a policy agenda, is, well, just settling. That's not what black people are looking to do.
What the corporate media cannot see is that the era of the Bill Clinton "New Democrat" is finished. In the real world, the crash of 2008 blew the lid off the bipartisan "Washington consensus" with its blind faith in the benevolence of capitalism. But now I see a silver lining in the absurdity of the "permanent campaign": Bernie Sanders has a whole year to build a vibrant, multifaceted social movement.
Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected officials who dance to the tune of their corporate benefactors, and a court system that serves to maintain order rather than mete out justice, Americans often feel as if they have no voice and no recourse when it comes to holding government officials accountable and combatting rampant corruption and injustice.
I was talking with my daughter recently. She told me a friend had made a comment to her, and she'd thought nothing of it; then afterwards, the frien...
ow that BLM and Sanders have made peace, his campaign has the potential to revive Martin Luther King's dream of building a progressive movement that can challenge both racism and economic inequality.
How quickly we have forgotten that Martin Luther King stood not only head and shoulders above color and class disparity, he became the mountain top. King had a dream and he embodied it. How did he do this?
Despite all the social and economic progress since the events in Watts, and after the civil unrest that followed the Rodney King beating trial verdicts, it seems the more things change, the more they remain the same.
Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.
The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 was introduced in June to put teeth back into the VRA and restore the preclearance requirement by modernizing the coverage formula. While Congress has yet to schedule a hearing date on for this legislation, it is important to continue using other avenues to protect voting rights.
Is the practice of civil disobedience justified, in regard to climate change? Unlike war and racism, the effects of global warming are neither clear nor immediate -- though in fact the danger is quickly becoming clearer, as California dries up and wild fires run through the West.
Whatever functions to abridge or diminish the sense of responsible agency in our fellow human beings is an assault against the whole human race. Thus, voter suppression and the oppressive intention out of which it arises are an assault against humanity.
The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.
For 28 years Dr. Joe Marshall has been saying and acting on the basis that Black lives, Hispanic lives, young lives on the streets of San Francisco and surrounding communities matter. He is my hero. He should be yours also.
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital officially opened its doors to the public. It is a milestone moment and one that must be celebrated. It comes on the heels of the historic Supreme Court decision that enshrines the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.
No one can claim now it is a flag of heritage. It is simply a flag of hate. Of racism. It is not a flag compatible with being a Christian. For my part, I apologize for not recognizing that sooner in my life.
What we've seen now in Charleston is a a clinging to spiritual truth in order to create change for the better, without rancor, bitterness, accusation, or condemnation of opponents or enemies. It's an offering of love in the face of hate. This is the heart of Christianity.