Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

MYTH BUILDING, MYTH BUSTING, MYTH BANISHING…

March 1st, 2015

Our particular myths—Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Davey Crockett Uncle Remus—have a warm, Disneyesque quality that informed our childhoods, but there are adult myths that we cling to that allow us to not feel guilt for the world we ignore. Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in The Case For Reparations: From the White House on down, […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON COMFORTABLE HISTORY

March 1st, 2015

In cross-reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case For Reparations in the June issue of The Atlantic with the online version, I found this sidebar/precursor dating from 22 January 2012:Crowd-Sourcing American History in which Coates writes, in part: I’ve been thinking about that some in my posts on Ron Paul, Howard Zinn and the issue of compensated […]

REP. JOHN CONYERS AND HR 40…

March 1st, 2015

When asked to suggest one approach for broadening the conversation on reparations and how individuals might push the conversation, Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed to Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) HR 40. Broach the topic of reparations today and a barrage of questions inevitably follows: Who will be paid? How much will they be paid? Who will pay? […]

250 YEARS OF SLAVERY. 90 YEARS OF JIM CROW.
60 YEARS OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.
35 YEARS OF STATE SANCTIONED REDLINING

March 1st, 2015

As I noted earlier, I come to this story late. I am also finding the brilliant writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates daunting, dense and deceptively easy to read. Any young, or old journalist, might aspire to this level of mastery and be gratified in the attempt. Coates follows the punch line of his stories head—The Case […]

SLAVERY, JIM CROW, SEGREGATION BILL PAST DUE…

February 27th, 2015

I only learned of Ta-Nehisi Coates August 2014 presentation before the Cleveland City Club last this week when I opened the March issue of The Real Deal Press and read R.T. Andrews’ front-page story Looking back to go forward. Ta-Nehisi has long been one of my favorite writers and I was looking forward to watching […]

21 FEBRUARY 1965…

February 21st, 2015

Entering the final days of Black History Month we remember the assassination of Malcolm X 50 years ago. I was a clueless and very white 4th grader on 21 February 1965 and while I knew, in a 4th grader sort of way, who Martin Luther King was, I would not learn of Malcolm X for […]

MARTIN LUTHER KING, MALCOLM X & ALEX HALEY…

February 2nd, 2015

Previously… Turning to Part Two of the interview, King addresses the question of the other M, Malcolm: Playboy: One of the most articulate champions of black Afro-American brotherhood has been Malcolm X, the former Black Muslim leader who recently renounced his racist past and converted to orthodox Mohammedanism. What is your opinion of him and […]

HOW I BEGAN THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH…

February 1st, 2015

Playboy: As one who grew up in the economically comfortable, socially insulated environment of a middle-income home in Atlanta, can you recall when it was that you yourself first became painfully and personally aware of racial prejudice? King: Very clearly. When I was 14, I had traveled from Atlanta to Dublin, Georgia, with a dear […]

NEW YORK DEPLOYS BRATTON’S ROUGH RIDERS…

January 30th, 2015

In the 1980’s a high-ranking Marine Corps officer told me of a plan to deploy his Marines across a line (I seem to recall that the line was 65th Street, but I could easily be wrong on that detail) isolating upper Manhattan in case of large-scale civil unrest. New York City Police commissioner Bill Bratton’s […]

WHAT IF MR. DANIELS HAD STOOD HIS GROUND…?

January 27th, 2015

I offer the following without further comment: “He’s got a gun,” yelled Michael Foster, a white, 43-year-old man before tackling 62-year-old Clarence Daniels, a Black man shopping for coffee creamer for his wife. While tussling on the ground, Daniels repeatedly yelled, “I have a permit.” That did not stop this want-to-be vigilante from trying to […]

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

I AM, WE ARE; THE REST IS MINUTIAE & BULLSHIT…

January 17th, 2015

Mano Singham explores The shifting language of race and ethnicity. I left this comment. The challenge lies in attempting to create a taxonomy where no significant difference exists. The word used in any classification is far less important than the intent of the word in the mind of the user. Richard Pryor could entitle a […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

FERGUSON, CLEVELAND, NEW YORK…
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON…?

December 31st, 2014

With gracious thanks to Florence Reece and Peter Seeger… Nearly five months have passed since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown and while the vital conversation in our nation surrounding the events of 9 August continues, I have decided to no longer keep this internal thread stuck to the top of Have Coffee Will […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON” MAYOR FRANK JACKSON’S
MESSAGE TO THE U.S. AND THE WORLD—FUCK OFF

December 8th, 2014

It’s difficult, if not impossible; to believe that Safety Director Michael McGrath would declare that he won’t resign without Mayor Frank Jackson’s assent. It’s Jackson sticking his finger into the eye of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice. Just as he did to Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine and DeWine’s report […]

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

December 8th, 2014

Jess Zimmerman: Hi, Rebecca! First of all, thanks for talking this out with me, and I hope I don’t come off like a jackass. The internet exerts a powerful jackass ray, and lord knows so does talking about race, and we are essentially crossing the streams here. Anyway, after the Ferguson grand jury verdict came […]

WHY BUCKEYES ARE CALLED WORTHLESS NUTS

November 7th, 2014

The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all. The cases decided were from […]

VISITING THE WHITENESS PROJECT

October 16th, 2014

The Whiteness Project is a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as “white” experience their ethnicity. The project is conducting 1,000 interviews with white people from all walks of life and localities in which they are asked about their relationship to, and their understanding of, their own whiteness. It also includes data drawn from […]

FUCK VOTER SUPPRESSION…

October 11th, 2014

To all politicians who’ve ever tried to block access to voting: What the hell is the matter with you people?! You need to get your head on straight. The cornerstone of this great country is the right to vote—and you should be fighting to make sure that every citizen who can vote, does! But instead […]

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