Police Authority and Racism

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President Obama was right the first time when he said the police acted stupidly, because they should know better. It’s unfortunate that the president found it necessary to step back and retract the remark because until we can see this kind of action with some objectivity, we will never learn enough to actually be objective in such matters.

Let Obama be Obama

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President Obama was the one that was most in tuned to both the welfare of the Gay citizenry and the liberal views I hold near and dear. I campaigned for him, he won, and now it seems my role, and that of all his supporters is to support him.

Blacks and Latinos Hit Harder in Hard Times

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Unemployment is and always has been much higher in Black and Latino communities. But the gap has widened during this recession. In fact, Black unemployment is nearly double that of Whites, while Latinos are unemployed at a rate one-third higher than their White counterparts.

They Don’t Call ’Em Landlords for Nothin’

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hough you may have accidentally become noble…well, at least, you can vote…the next time you’re writing your rent check remember this: You’re still paying the lord to live on his land and you’re still the villain.

That Certain White Smugness

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The police unions, the few officers of color who fell meekly behind their blue line, and the many who won’t acknowledge their part in perpetuating inequality, made a dreadful error in supporting Crowley’s arrest of Gates.

Michael Steele’s Impossible Mission

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I can’t summon up any empathy for Michael Steele. Trying to rescue the Republican party while is sinks in a morass of scandal and historical irrelevancy is a task I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Living While Black in Cambridge

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None of us African-American residents of Cambridge are surprised or shocked by the humiliation and harassment Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, of Harvard University encountered at the hands of Cambridge police.

Hey, Who Turned Off the Music?

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opular music, but specifically Black music, which dominates America’s and the world’s music scene, used to reflect the complexity of the human life experience, our emotions, our troubled times and our hopes and joys.

Bruno’s American Dream

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If Bruno teaches us anything, it’s the imperative of finding a source of friction in something, or someone, other than ourselves — not instead of ourselves, which is another form of totalitarianism — with which to get a life that does not finally rely on the admiring attention of others.

Reflections on Racism

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Reflections on Racism: Many Black Americans have supported the Palestinian struggle, some putting their careers at risk to do so.

Are We in America? Or Are We in a Jungle Where Only the Fittest Survive?

Schwarzenegger hugs Team Canada Special Olympics gymnast Emily Boycott [Reuters

This week, by a majority vote, the California Legislature voted to raise some very modest revenues that no one but the most rabid hater of his fellow man could object to. A $1.50 on a bottle of alcohol.  $15 added to a vehicle license fee.  Revenues that would make it possible for the most vulnerable [...]

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