I didn’t begin to understand my own privilege until I enlisted in the Navy. That was the first time this ignorant white boy from rural Southeastern Ohio was exposed to African Americans and Hispanic Americans and Filipino Americans up close and personal. Seriously. My personal education (I learned zip on the subject in school, my […]
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The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 8” with Ralph Ellison. INTERVIEWER: Did you have everything thought out before you began to write Invisible Man? ELLISON: The symbols and their connections were known to me. I began it with a chart of the three-part division. It was a conceptual frame with most of the […]
The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 8” with Ralph Ellison. INTERVIEWER: Can you give us an example of the use of folklore in your own novel? ELLISON: There are certain themes, symbols, and images which are based on folk material. For example, there is the old saying among Negroes: If you’re black, stay […]
So Larry Wilmore and The Nightly Show have moved on. While I’m sure that Bill Cosby is ecstatic, the rest of us are feeling a hole right now. I actually don’t know if I can switch to another show. Seamus Kirst, writing in Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show’s end: ‘I don’t mind going down […]
I’ve actually been looking for just this article for more than a few months. That the political phenomenon that is Donald Trump didn’t just rise from sea like Venus should be plainly obvious, but since Americans don’t do History all that well, someone had to sit down and connect the dots. Timothy Shenk, writing in […]
From the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Investigation Of The Baltimore City Police Department: Today, [10 August 2016] we announce the outcome of the Department of Justice’s investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department. After engaging in a thorough investigation, initiated at the request of the City of Baltimore and BPD, the Department […]
No, not in the same video, but these two from Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show are brilliant.
Clevelanders, and the rest of America to a lesser degree, breathed a great sigh of relief when the last delegates to the Republican National Convention fled our city for whatever safer and saner gated community they live in because there was no riot. Seriously, that has become the standard of success. We hosted a national […]
I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]
This Dad… (Oh, and the dog? Perfection.)
The United States Navy is poised to honor gay rights activist and the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk by naming the second ship in the John Lewis class, T-AO 206, the USNS Harvey Milk. According to Sam LaGrone, writing for the U.S. […]
I wonder if Mike realizes that when he went all in for John Anderson in 1980 that he was one of the butterflies that helped to produce Hurricane Donald?
As a young second-class petty officer stationed in San Diego (living in Chula Vista, which borders on Mexico) I went south more than a few times. One trip, riding in the back of Bugsy Boatright’s yellow Toyota pickup, took me to Hunan’s in Ensenada. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and in the course of the […]
May Boeve from 350 emails: It’s hard to know what to do in times like these, with violence, xenophobia, and hate on the rise. As an organization dedicated specifically to working on climate change, we’ve really wrestled with how to engage with what feels like a historic moral and political moment. The climate crisis affects […]
Meet John Joe Gray of Trinidad, Texas. Gray is what is called a Sovereign, a particularly nasty individual who takes “the position that they are answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state, or municipal levels.” I came across Gray, […]
Just another average boring day in America… Via Mano Singham.
[Update: 9 July @ 0700—I have changed the word robot in this piece to drone because that was what was used in the summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson. (I have also added Johnson’s name, as well as the five officers slain, in the text below.] As my friend Mano Singham wisely wrote a few […]
I stopped using the word terrorism a little more than four years ago because I finally came to grips with the reality that the word was without objective meaning and therefore worthless in intelligent conversation. When I was an undergraduate at Ohio University during the first Reagan administration, I had taken a University Professor course—courses, […]