Tagged: US race relations

What I Did Not Know

What I Did Not Know

  I came across a line in a story this morning that sent shivers down my spine. It wasn’t about imminent nuclear war, although that’s scary enough. And it wasn’t about Trump. It was...

Welcome Back Tiger!

Welcome Back Tiger!

  At a time like this it’s heartening to have Tiger back. I’m sure you share my deep distress at the way things are in America today. It seems the chasm separating white Americans...

What is Tyranny?

What is Tyranny?

When does keeping the peace become tyranny? It seems to me that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon may be crossing that line. Sending troops to quell rioters is a drastic move, and that’s what he is...

White RageTearing America Apart

White RageTearing America Apart

The mightiest nation in the world has been brought to its knees by a small group of activists enraged by changes taking place in the world. The Nazis couldn’t do it. The Soviets couldn’t...

When the Words Will Not Stay Inside

When the Words Will Not Stay Inside

I wasn’t going to write a blog today. After all, it’s Saturday and the Open Championship is on TV. But there are words inside that will not be denied. I suspect that’s the way...

The Curious Logic of the Voting Rights Challenge

The Curious Logic of the Voting Rights Challenge

I was in Jamaica, working for the Industrial development Corporation, when President Johnson signed the US Voting Rights Act, but even so, I remember how big a deal it was. People everywhere recognized it...

The Blinding Rage of White American Voters

The Blinding Rage of White American Voters

  Love is blind. So is rage. And it is rage that has blinded white American workers to the Romney-Ryan threat. It is rage against vaguely perceived, but harshly felt, injustice, hopelessness and futility....

Don’t Cry, Gabby. You Can’t Please Everyone…

Don’t Cry, Gabby. You Can’t Please Everyone…

I suppose we’re all like those folks in the Aesop fable, you know the one where the old man and the little boy are taking a donkey somewhere and passers-by get on their case?...

Why is it Taking so Long to Arrest Trayvon’s Killer?

Why is it Taking so Long to Arrest Trayvon’s Killer?

The protests are continuing, escalating, spreading… The debate goes on and on and on… Meanwhile the man who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager remains free. Authorities say they are taking their time....

Don’t Expect me to Pat You on the Back, Mr. President

Don’t Expect me to Pat You on the Back, Mr. President

I suppose that outsiders like me automatically assume that black Americans are liberal, that they seek change, justice, reform and all that good stuff. I know that’s how I would be if I were...