The C-Word

Treyvon Martin was on his cell phone as he walked back to his Dad’s home just minutes before his confrontation with George Zimmerman and his death. Treyvon’s death and the murder trial of Zimmerman was laced with racial overtones. Was the singling out of a young African-American different than if a young white teenager was on his way home from the store? Would the jury believe the only other person on the scene if the …

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First Nations

The struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity is a frequent subject in political debates. However, being recognized as a legitimate member of society or even a citizen of the country that governs you and the land you live on, is still a current fight for many native peoples. First Nations is a term used in Canada to refer to the indigenous Aboriginal people. Recognizing the many native peoples, their governments, traditions and full participation …

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Voting in the Old Confederacy

Voter suppression Southern style is a success. Right wing candidates “closed the deal” on November 4, 2014. By instituting several voting law changes, the heavily Republican state legislature (as a result of the 2010 election and redistricting) successfully created a formula where the majority of the people were disenfranchised and the minority seized power. All of this in the guise of “voting integrity”. By shortening the period of early voting by 7 days in North …

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Always On His Feet

The 1960’s were difficult times in American history. African-American’s weathered a storm of tragic events. The assassinations of both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (April) and the presumed Democratic Presidential nominee, Robert F. Kennedy (June), was more than many could bear. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The most “real” famous person you could ever meet, released, “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”  in August.  Black Power as a movement had gained …

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Everyone Could Have Gotten Paid

Assault weapons aimed at peaceful protesters is not uncommon. Ferguson, Missouri marchers or the television viewing public can feign outrage today, but treating unarmed black protesters as if they had already committed a crime or are a threat is not unusual at all. One instance is recounted here. February 25, 1995. Greene County Georgia. About halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia.  The call went out to civil rights leaders and groups. Nearly 300 marchers gathered …

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One in a Million

It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago. Americans have frequently gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to commemorate, celebrate and to express community concerns. Through speeches, and song black men met to express and re-dedicate to self-help, self-defense, family and community. Called for by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam and organized by The National African American Leadership Summit a collaboration of civil rights groups, the Million Man March …

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Protest vs. Riot

Just maybe the remnants of pain and loss linger in St. Louis. The worst race riots in our country’s history took place in southern Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The loss of life and property isn’t easy to forget. The New York Times’ chilling headline, “Race Rioters Fire East St. Louis and Shoot or Hang Many Negroes”.  According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the violence stemmed from the hiring of black …

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Moral Mondays

Moral Mondays is an idea that originated in North Carolina, in April of 2013.  The grassroots group protests are in response to the policies of the recently elected Gov. Pat McCrory and the swift and, what many perceived, far right movement of the newly elected state legislator. Many assume the “tea party” movement and Republican or conservative victories in 2010 were a response to the election of President Barack Obama. North Carolina is a great …

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It Could Happen Anywhere

The tragic events that have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri since August 9th of this year, beginning with the killing of an unarmed teenager by a law enforcement officer, to many seem extraordinary. Michael Brown’s murder, as many in the African American community well know, is unfortunately just the latest event that was caught within view of eye witnesses. All Americans can recount the video of the now infamous beating of Rodney King in 1991. …

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Clayton Bigsby

We owe so much to Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedies. Those seemingly outrageous parodies in many situations illuminated and parroted real life situations. For those that don’t remember the character, Clayton Bigsby, a blind spokesperson noted for his enthusiastic right wing, minority hating followers. Occasionally leading the chant “white power” for the faithful. The “catch” was that Clayton Bigsby was black. In South Carolina for all to see is the manifestation of the popular Clayton Bigsby …

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