Of Torches and Candlelight Vigils


I am afraid and I am fearless. I am a humble wordsmith with ideas and a proud activist with a bullhorn. I am, and plan to always be, an American. I am also a pluralist, a social ecumenicist, if you will. This is my country. Believe what you will. Be whoever you want to be.… Continue reading Of Torches and Candlelight Vigils

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The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown


"He's evil." - Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, speaking to Al Jazeera America about former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, Darren Wilson When I went to Germany, eight years ago, my friend in Hanover was less than enthused when she found out we had been to visit the museum at the Dachau concentration camp, near… Continue reading The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown

Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina


When I posted on Facebook last Thursday, that I was thinking about going to Columbia, South Carolina, Friday, to watch them finally furl the Confederate flag, I got a little pushback from some of my conservative friends. They cynically insisted that the historic event I was going to witness was no big deal and its… Continue reading Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina

Rightfully suppressing the toys and the tantrums of the unreasonable


Call it the unraveling of the Republicans' over forty-year-old "Southern Strategy." Driven by a party that finally sees the dangers of perception that come with aligning itself with racists and secessionists, the GOP is letting go of the Confederate flag as a means of reaching a segment of the voting population. Like an obese diabetic… Continue reading Rightfully suppressing the toys and the tantrums of the unreasonable

The Most Dangerous Game, institutionalized


"I wanted the ideal animal to hunt," explained the general. " So I said, 'What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?' "And the answer was, of course, `It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.'" "But no animal can reason," objected Rainsford. "My dear fellow," said the general,… Continue reading The Most Dangerous Game, institutionalized

America’s inescapable specter of violence and racism


"...they aren't all valedictorians. They weren't all brought in by their parents. "For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got hands the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert..." - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), referring to DREAMers, in an… Continue reading America’s inescapable specter of violence and racism

Ron Paul’s sphere sucks young voters into racism’s toilet


To the casual observer, like Baltimore Sun columnist Thomas F. Schaller, the perception of the Ron Paul brand is a simple one. "To look at him," Schaller points out in his opinion piece, Tuesday, "Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems harmless. He's cute and contrarian. He wears poorly fitting suits. He's decidedly un-slick. You almost… Continue reading Ron Paul’s sphere sucks young voters into racism’s toilet