John Peeler: My head finally and grudgingly admitted that my heart really wanted Hillary to be the first woman president. Following on the first African American president, you have to admit that it would be sweet.
Elections and Campaigns
Mario Solis Marich: Channels – including those catering to audiences from racial and ethnic minority communities – could be dropped or buried at the far end of the digital dial, making it harder for loyal audiences to find the independent shows they love.
Ramziya Zaripova: Years of friendship and partnership between Turkey and Russia are forgotten, as if Erdogan never came last September to Moscow to open a new mosque or as if Putin has never shaken hands with Erdogan.
Jamala Rogers: The Flint water crises was born out of government/corporate decisions that believe black and poor people are collateral damage in the financial strategy to make the state of Michigan solvent.
Enrique C. Ochoa: Like gladiator battles of the past, Levi’s Stadium will be filled with members of the U.S. ruling classes, while largely African American young men from working class communities will be on the field.
War & Peace
Marcy Winograd: If we want to protect elephants in their natural habitat, we shouldn’t build prisons for them in urban centers but instead donate to elephant sanctuaries.
Join the Department of Pan-African Studies as we host a conversation about the Black liberation movement and Black political prisoners with Black Panther Party members Sekou Odinga and Hank Jones.
Bill Blum: The question facing “socialists” like Sanders is this: When all your idealistic visions for a more humane, more just, more equitable, and more rational society run head-first into the stone wall of the profit motive … which of the two gives way?
Walter Brasch: Give the high school students in marching band a break—they already are physically fit and contributing every bit as much as varsity athletes who get waivers from taking PE.
Berry Craig: Predictably, the union-busters are in high dudgeon over Federal District Judge David Hale’s ruling that, in effect, invalidated a dozen county “right to work” ordinances in Kentucky.
The Body Politic
Steve Hochstadt: American culture is fixated on skinny as a moral virtue, and encourages the denigration of those who weigh more. I too am critical of people who use worries about weight as a weapon to assert their superiority. That makes me an enforcer of “political correctness”.
Treva Brandon Scharf: When it comes to fitness, yoga gives you the most bang for your buck: it strengthens, lengthens, and relaxes all at the same time. It can invigorate or restore; it can energize or quiet the mind.