Archive for the 'Strand Up For Racial Justice' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

AM I LIVING IN KLAN KOUNTRY…?

September 27th, 2016

I don’t think so, but when you look a the above poll results (click on the image and then vote select “view results” to see the current tally) from this week’s North Royalton Post, four out of five respondents do not support professional athletes protesting the National Anthem, you get that the southwest corner of […]

WHY READING OUR CONSTITUTION IS VITAL…

September 27th, 2016

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, widely assumed to simply end slavery, doesn’t. The amendment reads: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, [emphasis mine, JH] shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Two books—WEB […]

CLEVELAND BROWNS ANDREW HAWKINS SPEAKS…

September 24th, 2016

Dan Labbe, in Andrew Hawkins on national anthem protests: ‘It’s not so much about the kneeling as much as it is about the message’ for The Plain Dealer, writes: If Miami Dolphins players continue their protest during Sunday’s national anthem before their game against the Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins—as outspoken as any NFL player […]

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

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