Archive for the 'Xenophobia' Category

SPENCER IS A (DANGEROUS) WHINY LITTLE TWIT…

November 8th, 2017

Richard Spencer is a whiny little twit, but he’s a dangerous whiny little twit. That’s why Gary Younge finally decided that interviewing the wasted mass of human genome was important. In Why interviewing Richard Spencer was a risk worth taking, Younge explains: In July this year, I interviewed the American white supremacist Richard Spencer, for […]

THE WALKING DEAD AFRICAN-AMERICANS…

October 23rd, 2017

So, after the mass murder in Las Vegas I began to ponder the question: what are the people amassing these arsenals afraid of? The public trope has been that the weapon caches are to protect real Americans from the rogue forces of a socialist/communist/liberal government. I don’t buy that. I don’t buy that because, as […]

WHITE PEOPLE… WE NEED TO TALK…

October 10th, 2017

First, Michael Harriot: In the 241 years of America’s existence, we have purposely ignored the important topic that lingers over this country’s constant pursuit of happiness. Until we can come to grips with this pressing dilemma and confront it head-on, we can never hope for peace, justice and equality. For too long we have allowed […]

NOT THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY…

October 4th, 2017

When I first heard the news from Las Vegas on Monday morning, the reports characterized the massacre as the worst mass shooting in recent history. The question that came to my mind was, well, what was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States? The massacre at Wounded Knee, 1890, 150 dead, […]

HOW FOX NEWS IS BLACKING OUT AMERICANS…

September 15th, 2017

Last year Colin Kaepernick revived a movement begun by Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968. Not only did Kaepernick and those who took up his cause survive the American football season, but recent events like the takedown of Michael Bennett in Las Vegas have fueled the movement and athletes have carried their silent […]

TRUMP’S IDEOLOGY IS WHITE SUPREMACY…

September 14th, 2017

So, if I had read this story yesterday, I might have read a paragraph or two and moved on. Today, however, I’ve read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest (see below) and I have to view the story through a different lens. I’ve said before, and I still believe my thoughts to be true and honest, that the […]

OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY IS TO ASK WHY AND
CLEARLY, LOUDLY DEMAND THE DAMN ANSWER…

August 20th, 2017

Sit down. Swallow any food or drink you may have in your mouth. Place any hot beverages safely on a flat surface away from your hands. President Donald John Trump actually spoke a truth when he said, well clenched his fists and read from the teleprompter: Hatred, bigotry and violence… have been going on for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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