Category Archives: Race

Who Honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memory Best?

When it comes to honoring Dr. King on MLK Day, compare and contrast. While the top Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy in a show of unity linking arm and arm with each other and civil rights

Who Honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memory Best?

When it comes to honoring Dr. King on MLK Day, compare and contrast. While the top Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy in a show of unity linking arm and arm with each other and civil rights

A New Decade, Same Xenophobia-1920 Palmer Raids

A century ago a new decade was about to dawn on New Years’ Eve 1920. As tipsy Americans toasted one another with their last legal bottle of Champagne before Prohibition would go into effect at the stroke of midnight, Attorney

A New Decade, Same Xenophobia-1920 Palmer Raids

A century ago a new decade was about to dawn on New Years’ Eve 1920. As tipsy Americans toasted one another with their last legal bottle of Champagne before Prohibition would go into effect at the stroke of midnight, Attorney

Judaism is Not a Nationality

Mr. Trump, don’t dare tell me I’m not an American. When I was 16 in my last year of Hebrew School, the ongoing debate was whether I identified myself as an American Jew or a Jewish American. I can’t recall

Judaism is Not a Nationality

Mr. Trump, don’t dare tell me I’m not an American. When I was 16 in my last year of Hebrew School, the ongoing debate was whether I identified myself as an American Jew or a Jewish American. I can’t recall

Vintage ad pilgrim and Indian dining

Thanksgiving- A Heap Big Serving of Historical Inaccuracies

Was the first Thanksgiving truly a pow-wow worthy feast? Most of us associate the holiday with happy pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. It did happen once. It would be good to say this friendship lasted a

Vintage ad pilgrim and Indian dining

Thanksgiving- A Heap Big Serving of Historical Inaccuracies

Was the first Thanksgiving truly a pow-wow worthy feast? Most of us associate the holiday with happy pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. It did happen once. It would be good to say this friendship lasted a

Elijah Cummings

RIP Elijah Cummings, America’s Loss

I awoke shattered. Like so many, waking this morning to the tragic and shocking news of Elijah Cumming’s death was just heartbreaking. A voice of truth, outrage and social justice in a world of lies and corruption will be sorely

Elijah Cummings

RIP Elijah Cummings, America’s Loss

I awoke shattered. Like so many, waking this morning to the tragic and shocking news of Elijah Cumming’s death was just heartbreaking. A voice of truth, outrage and social justice in a world of lies and corruption will be sorely

Columbus- All American Hero

  Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. The noble spirit of 1492 rivaled that of 1776. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness of the Brothers Grimm, Uncle Sam spun a

Columbus- All American Hero

  Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. The noble spirit of 1492 rivaled that of 1776. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness of the Brothers Grimm, Uncle Sam spun a

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Donald Trump

Who Pulled the Trigger?

“Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger…” Trump remarked Monday morning about the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. For once he is right. Our White Supremacist In Chief is not only a hate-filled racist he is mentally

Donald Trump

Who Pulled the Trigger?

“Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger…” Trump remarked Monday morning about the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. For once he is right. Our White Supremacist In Chief is not only a hate-filled racist he is mentally

Kate Smiths America

Kate Smith’s America

It was the 1930’s. While a rotund and darn proud of it Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in our throats, and  our antiseptic kitchens were tastefully adorned with ceramic mammy and pappy

Kate Smiths America

Kate Smith’s America

It was the 1930’s. While a rotund and darn proud of it Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in our throats, and  our antiseptic kitchens were tastefully adorned with ceramic mammy and pappy

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

When Movies Were Black and White- Jim Crow

  What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” had been  pretty much confirmed by

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

When Movies Were Black and White- Jim Crow

  What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” had been  pretty much confirmed by