Why the President Changed His Tune

So I heard the President’s press conference remarks regarding Trayvon Martin’s murder and the Zimmerman verdict. I’ve also reviewed various people’s remarks to Obama’s latest statement on the incident.  Some are relieved to hear the President speak more deeply to the issues of race, racial injustice, the unfair treatment Black men receive in this society and how the legacy of anti-black violence and oppression have colored the way Black people view the criminal justice system.  Others were impressed with the President’s sober and personal statements including his recognition of how Blacks continue to be mistreated and mischaracterized. Finally, there was … Continue reading Why the President Changed His Tune

What The President Can Do….

Earlier today I posted the following quote on my Facebook page, which was generally well-received: The construct of “race” was specifically created by the minority white elite for the purposes of justifying their false notions of having superior intellect, ethics, and abilities. It was also used to keep poor Blacks and whites fighting among each other and allowing the elite whites to maintain their power and wealth, unscathed. That this strategy has been overwhelmingly effective is perhaps best illustrated by the alarmingly uncritical support AND rejection the American public shows for president Obama despite his actual record. Therefore, many whites … Continue reading What The President Can Do….

Regarding Obama’s Statement on the Zimmerman Verdict

As if the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was not insulting and hurtful enough, President Obama, one day after the verdict, gave the following official statement: ___________________________________________________________________ The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from … Continue reading Regarding Obama’s Statement on the Zimmerman Verdict

A Search for Meaning: Trayvon’s Murder and Zimmerman’s Trial

Many of us viewing America’s most controversial and publicized criminal trial at this moment find ourselves torn between feelings of outrage, frustration, and anxiety.  We are OUTRAGED because the corporate media insists on depicting this event as the “Trayvon Martin trial” when in fact, it’s the “George Zimmerman trial” for it is HE who pursued and murdered an innocent teenaged boy and HE who must ultimately be accountable for this deed. We are incensed that yet again, when we face undeserved pain and suffering, whites’ thoughts focus more on formulating plans to quell our anticipated rioting (even going so far as to … Continue reading A Search for Meaning: Trayvon’s Murder and Zimmerman’s Trial

Questions on the Road to our Liberation

Anytime someone compliments me or something I’ve said or done, I always give credit to the many excellent mentors I’ve been blessed to have throughout my life. I must confess that I probably have enough confidence and self-esteem to share (smile). Nevertheless, I recognize that many people much smarter and more talented than myself were defeated in life partially because they lacked the guidance and preparation I had. Speaking of my mentors, they often told me that intelligence is not always registered or exemplified in the answers we give, but more so in the questions we raise. Penetrating and insightful questions often lead … Continue reading Questions on the Road to our Liberation

Assata Shakur, The VICTIM of Terrorism!

Domestic Terrorism (as defined in the Patriot Act): “(A) involves acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.” The FBI would have us believe that 65 year-old political activist Assata Shakur is in their words, ““A … Continue reading Assata Shakur, The VICTIM of Terrorism!

U.S. Crimes More Horrific Than Anything You’ve Seen on CSI

I recently read an article entitled, “7 Places in your Home That Are Dirtier Than Your Toilet.” (Carpet, sponges, TV remote, cutting board, cell phone, computer keyboard, kitchen sink). Who would’ve thought that the common cell phone has 500 times more bacteria, than a toilet, and a sponge 200,000 times more? Or that the average kitchen sink is dirtier than your entire bathroom? It turns out that our toilets are far more sanitary than many things we don’t see as threats to our health! One microbiologist suggested (don’t try this at home) that it’s safer for us to eat from our toilet seats than it is from our … Continue reading U.S. Crimes More Horrific Than Anything You’ve Seen on CSI

Should the KKK Be Allowed in Schools? (Response)

{Note: I released my third book entitled, “Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens,” on April 6, 2014. Check it out, and help me spread the word!} _____________________________ Yesterday I read a Huffington Post article entitled, “KKK In Classroom: What Can Hatred Teach Kids?” A principal question raised by the article was should teachers bring groups like the KKK or Nazis into public schools to speak to children in an effort to teach them about hate. This is the comment I posted: As a former NYC public schoolteacher and person concerned with social justice, I found this article quite interesting. … Continue reading Should the KKK Be Allowed in Schools? (Response)

What We Should Appreciate About Hugo Chavez

On March 5, 2013. Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela since 1999, died of a massive heart attack at 58 years-old after a 2 or 3-year battle with cancer. Predictably, leaders of various nations responded to the controversial leader’s death in politically motivated ways, and mainstream (corporate-controlled) media seized the opportunity to portray Chavez as a demagogue and loudmouth buffoon with an obsessive hatred for the United States. However, many of we outside observers thirsting for liberation, education, healthcare, economic justice, and inspired and uncompromising leadership, viewed Chavez as an outspoken opponent of Western imperialism and hegemony. In fact, he supported and received support from the very nations America … Continue reading What We Should Appreciate About Hugo Chavez

Why Black People Should Support Unions

  Those of us seeking to rectify societal wrongs must have a broad analysis which considers and addresses various forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, patriarchy/sexism, and labor exploitation. Perhaps no group is best qualified and situated to address the last category of oppression than Black professional and trade workers. Given the often overlooked nature of worker-related issues, and America’s increasing hostility toward the “working class,” this essay seeks to encourage mass education and action around such topics. Simply put, America would not exist without its workers. This group is responsible on the ground level for our … Continue reading Why Black People Should Support Unions