Commentary

  • White Cops Kill at Least Two Blacks Each Week

    Occasionally, police officers behave in such as dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four White LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the ...

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  • STEM: A PATH TO THE PROMISE LAND

    Meet my friend Jeff (not his real name).  Jeff was one of my classmates at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.  Poly was a magnet school that enrolled students who were gifted in math and science.  I was a child from the project homes of Cherry Hill and my friend Jeff lived in the upper middle ...

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  • Working at Taking a Vacation

    I don’t do vacations well.  I have to be pushed and prodded, just about guilt-tripped, into taking time off.  Sure, I’ll take an hour here, an evening there, to read a book or play word games. But it just about takes an act of God to get me to go play. Yet, when I play, […]

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  • Everyone Needs to Vote

    This is a call for all eligible Black folks to register and vote in every election from now until eternity, so we can stop the rallies, marches, and demonstrations related to voting. Despite being the most party-loyal voters in history, and receiving the least for that loyalty (No quo for our ...

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  • RAY RICE: THE NEW POSTER BOY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    Last week I was in Jacksonville, Fla. on the Marissa Alexander case. She’s the Black woman who received a sentence of 20 years for avoiding shooting her abusive husband by firing into the ceiling to back him off from beating her up again. He’d already done so, causing her to have ...

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  • The High Cost of Injustice

    What if we did not incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life ...

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  • The GOP: Chaos is Their Goal

    Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but seven Republicans in the GOP – ...

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  • The Lynching of Eric Garner

    It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael ...

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