Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

THE NATIONAL RACIST ASSOCIATION RANTS…

July 5th, 2017

When I was in school in the ’60s, the National Rifle Association was an organization that focused on hunting safety. Representatives from the organization came to class to teach us to respect guns, to teach us that they were not toys, to show us how to be safe hunters. According to the General Social Survey, […]

PHILANDO CASTILE: I HAVE NO WORDS…

June 22nd, 2017

In We must remain shocked over Philando Castile. Justice needs moral outrage, Chiraag Bainsa, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, writes: A jury recently acquitted Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the 2016 killing of Philando Castile, a beloved school cafeteria worker. On Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office released key evidence, including video from […]

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

RED LINES, BUSTED BLOCKS AND MOVING ON UP…

June 10th, 2017

Back at the end of March I mentioned Todd Michney’s book Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980. The book is well worth the reading time—specially if you live in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County—but if you a strapped, Michney emailed me to let me know that Belt Publishing had just added an article […]

NEIGHBORHOOD CHANGE IN CLEVELAND, 1900-80…

March 31st, 2017

Todd Michney reached out to me (and through Have Coffee Will Write, Cleveland’s treasure Roldo Bartimole) about his book: Surrogate Suburbs:Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 from the University of North Carolina Press. Michney wrote: Dear Jeff, I came across your blog in looking up Roldo Bartimole’s contact information; I wanted him […]

STANDING UP BY KNEELING WORKS FOR AXSON…

February 2nd, 2017

Good on Rodney Axson. The young man took a national protest movement—launched by NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick last August—local when he followed Kaepernick’s example and took a knew during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. By doing so, Axson demonstrated his character and others have noticed. Jen Steer, reporting in Brunswick football player threatened […]

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME…

January 7th, 2017

Since the November election I have heard numerous radio programs and read countless articles about how those of us who didn’t vote for Donald John Trump ought to behave when interacting with those who did. The advice is all over the place, but I find that offered by Jessica Valenti in America: don’t be polite […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE YOU’LL READ TODAY…

December 30th, 2016

Mano Singham is always cogent and insightful, but today he’s hit a particularly high note in The white norm error. He writes: There is a peculiar tendency in America with many phenomena (and maybe it exists in other countries too), that when the data are disaggregated by race, to see the statistics for whites as […]

TAKE THAT TEA PARTIERS…

October 7th, 2016

HOW MMRHS RESPONDED TO A LYNCHING THREAT…

October 7th, 2016

On Wednesday, I wrote about another African American high school football player threatened with murder by lynching for the crime of exercising his free speech rights under our Constitution. The day before Monument Mountain Regional High School principal Marianne Young gathered her charges for a New England tradition, the town community meeting. Heather Bellow, reporting […]

TWITTER IS OUR 21ST CENTURY’S WHITE HOOD…

October 5th, 2016

I have railed of late about XBATs—my acronym for Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Trolls—and their cowardly attacks on athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Rodney Axson, along with an ever-growing list, for taking a knee in protest at the singing of a national anthem that celebrates a nation where black men and boys can be summarily executed […]

MMRHS GATHERS TO TALK NIGGERS AND LYNCHING…

October 5th, 2016

On Monday I posted about death threats made to another high school student who took a knee. Yesterday, the principal of the school where the threat was made held an assembly. Heather Bellow, reporting in Monument Mountain High School to hold assembly over lynching threat; FBI involved for The Edge, writes: In the wake of […]

RESISTANCE IS NEVER FUTILE…

October 4th, 2016

Stuart Miller, reporting in Do Not Resist: new film shows how US police have become an occupying army for The Guardian, writes: Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization, Do Not Resist, is filled with unsettling scenes like the one where a Swat team destroys a family’s home during a drug raid that nets small amounts […]

FBI AWARE OF SCHOOL’S XENOPHOBIC BIGOTS…

October 3rd, 2016

So, Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Trolls exist in what some would consider a bastion of liberalism: The Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, vacation spot for Boston’s elite and mecca for lovers of fall foliage. Then there’s Monument Mountain Regional High School home of the Spartans. Eoin Higgins, in FBI “aware” […]

STOP SPOILING THE FECKIN’ BARREL…!

October 3rd, 2016

I’ve offered this suggestion before and I’ll continue to make the offer. We need to take two immediate steps to purge the barrel of all the bad apples. First, no police involved shooting should be handled by internal affairs or a local district attorney with a pet grand jury. Only an independent prosecutor should be […]

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE…? IF YOU CAN’T, WHY NOT…?

October 1st, 2016

So, today I spent some time before the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus forum—The Legacy of Bernie Sanders—at the Parma-Snow branch of Cuyahoga County Libraries reading the Time Magazine cover story on Colin Kaepernick and his Take A Knee protests. The short take on the story is that if you knew nothing about Colin Kaepernick (or […]

RODNEY AXSON IS NOT ALONE…THAT’S GOOD…

September 29th, 2016

On a very important Friday night in Brunswick, Ohio, Blue Devil Quarterback Rodney Axson made a fateful decision and became the first high school student to follow the example of San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest of xenophobic bigotry and police violence against young African American men (and women) like himself. Axson’s principal […]

FIRST FOOTBALL, THEN SOCCER AND NOW TENNIS…

September 28th, 2016

Julia Carrie Wong, reporting in Serena Williams speaks out against police killings: ‘I won’t be silent’ for The Guardian, writes: Serena Williams spoke out against police killings of African Americans in a heartfelt Facebook post, writing: “As Dr Martin Luther King said ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal’. I won’t be silent.” The […]

ZIANNA OLIPHANT WITNESSES…

September 28th, 2016

We shouldn’t have to feel like this. —Zianna Oliphant.

WE MUST STOP CENSORING THE USE OF NIGGER

September 28th, 2016

When I was seven or eight, one of my aunts gave me a globe of the world for Christmas. I immediately sat down and started running my finger over the surface, reading the strange country names. When I got to West Africa I found Nigeria and Niger. I proclaimed to the room, Look! There’s a […]

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