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Dallas debunks every gun anti-safety myth

Dallas debunks every gun anti-safety myth

One of the more unsettling revelations about the tragedy in Dallas is that the mentally unbalanced gunman was rejected, after a background check, for membership in an extremist group. But he was legally able to purchase a high-capacity assault rifle. According to media reports, Micah Johnson was labeled “unfit for recruitment” among a network of […]

Enemies of the people

Enemies of the people

In the hours before the 25-year-old
Army veteran Micah Johnson launched his, in the words of President Obama,
“vicious, calculated and despicable”
attack on White officers of the Dallas
police force, something simultaneously remarkable and ordinary occurred. Department officials took advantage of the peacefulness of the early-evening demonstration there – organized to protest the killings of two Black men […]

‘Black Lives Matter’ today, tomorrow, forever

‘Black Lives Matter’ today, tomorrow, forever

Whenever Black Americans use the term “Black Lives Matter” (BLM), many (but not all) Whites cringe because they believe Blacks are calling for the hatred of Whites and police officers. That’s absurd. BLM is not a slogan. It’s a movement by which Black Americans must remind this world that we, our lives, our families, and […]

When will all lives matter?

When will all lives matter?

No one in her or his right mind would expect to leave home and not return alive. Those engaged in warfare and in other special circumstances may contradict this. But under normal conditions, people expect to return home in the same or better condition as when they left home. I’ve always been respectful of the […]

Brazil, be careful of what you wish

Brazil, be careful of what you wish

It was 2009. The International Olympic Committee was going to choose which city would be the 2016 host for the World Olympics. The United States had the political star, nouveau political leader Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle, giving the presentation. The other presenters were Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. No chance […]

Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the voting rights movement

Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the voting rights movement

To do research for a documentary on Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the Black Power Movement, I joined with the conceiver of the project, Thomas Muhammad, interviewer Dr. Tara White, executive producer Lori Malihoit, videographers Evans Mitchell and William Hicks on an over 1,500-mile journey to Lowndes County, Ala., Selma, Ala., and Dallas, Texas. The […]

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

Congressman John Lewis’ call to action in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22 was the beginning of an extraordinary event in our nation’s Capitol. Members of Congress participated in a nonviolent occupation of the floor. How refreshing to see Lewis and his Congressional colleagues protesting the egregious fact that even in the wake […]

Murder and the judgment of history

Murder and the judgment of history

“Investigation of the 1964 Murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman: Case Closed.” So stated federal and Mississippi state officials this past week in declaring at an end their long attempt to bring to justice all the men who had committed one of the most notorious crimes in modern American history – the […]

Diversity, race  – or privilege?

Diversity, race – or privilege?

Our country is convulsing over issues of diversity and race. Police departments from Baltimore to Minneapolis are talking about diversity hiring as the antidote to anti-Black police brutality. Last year, Hollywood scrambled to find diverse Academy Award presenters after realizing its nominees were mainly White. Last week, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld […]

Why Warren should be Clinton’s VP

Why Warren should be Clinton’s VP

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, is now sorting out her pick for her running mate and potential vice president. She’s launched the “search,” the traditional and often irritating public surfacing of various possibilities, paying respect to different constituencies and different personalities, before settling on a choice. One possibility being floated clearly […]