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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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Black America Is Leaving While Staying Put

July 19, 2016 – 5:10 am | No Comment
Calls For Reforms In Wake Of Police Shooting Death Continue In Chicago

Jimmie Williams joins demonstrators in a protest outside of City Hall calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign on December 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. A recently released video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald …

Stop Punishing Black Children Just Because They’re Black

July 10, 2016 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
Sad pupil being bullied by classmates at corridor

Schools should be held to higher standards than students. If schools irresponsibly impose discipline practices, then those rules (or leaders) should be expelled. However, when it comes to discipline, we give students the cane and …

The most racist areas in the United States

June 5, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

There are neighborhoods in Baltimore in which the life expectancy is 19 years less than other neighborhoods in the same city. Residents of the Downtown/Seaton Hill neighborhood have a life expectancy lower than 229 other …

Spying Secrets: Is Facebook eavesdropping on your phone conversations?

May 24, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

It’s irresistible, enticing and addicting.  And, it’s available 24-hours a day all over the world to billions of people. Facebook beckons to users seemingly with a two-prong approach – both the pressure and pleasure to …

For the poor in the Ivy League, a full ride isn’t always what they imagined

May 17, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

Money pressures lead many to scrimp on textbooks, meals and other expenses.
To reach the Ivy League after growing up poor seems like hitting the jackpot. Students get a world-class education from schools that promise to …

The persistence of the reality gap matters | MSNBC

May 13, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

Has unemployment gone up or down in the Obama era? There’s an objective truth, which Republican voters choose not to believe.
“It’s a fact that unemployment has gone down and the stock market has gone up …

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book

April 15, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

“My personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made the …

Video shows white cops performing roadside cavity search of black man

April 1, 2016 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

Aiken, S.C., cops had no reasonable cause for even the traffic stop, much less to violate the man’s body.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on an investigative series about police abuse in South …

1 out of 3 American households can no longer afford rent, food, and transportation. The biggest rise in expenditures comes from rising housing costs.

March 31, 2016 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

The real unemployment rate is nearly twice as high as the stated headline unemployment rate. Only 44 percent of the adult population is engaged in full-time employment. This is also reflected in the 94 million …

Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids

March 27, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

What’s more, even young black people who follow the rules and are never incarcerated are less likely than similar white people to accumulate wealth as they get older. As of 2012, the median household wealth …

9 charts showing Americans never recovered from the Great Recession: If you are wondering why people are so angry look no further.

March 5, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

The press is somewhat baffled as to why Americans are so angry this year.  The stock market seems to be doing fine (too bad most Americans don’t own stock).  Jobs are being added (too bad …

College sports exploits unpaid black athletes

January 10, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

Disproportionately black football and basketball players are making disproportionately white administrators and coaches rich.
On Monday night, college football will crown a new champion. In the process, a lot of money will be made.
No matter who …

Trevor Noah’s on Obama and Gun Control

January 10, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
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My Comments: What you see here is callous and nasty racism displayed by lesser being. The …

What It’s Like to Be Black at Google

September 15, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

Black employees at the tech giant are building their own community in an industry known for its lack of diversity.

It’s a challenge for African Americans working in California’s Silicon Valley to have a sense of …

History Repeats Itself With Backlash Against Black Empowerment – The Root

September 6, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

The shortest walk through African-American history shows that the white American response to any kind of Black Power flexing has always been the same, regardless of century or tone.
What has made the 21st century so …

Racism in the classroom: the “soft bigotry of low expectations” is just regular bigotry

August 21, 2015 – 2:17 am | No Comment

Even when asked about the same student, black teachers have higher expectations for black students than white teachers do.
When black teachers and white teachers are asked to sum up black high school students’ potential, white …

Black poverty differs from white poverty

August 12, 2015 – 11:48 pm | No Comment

And a radical idea for what to do about it.
The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It’s more isolating and concentrated. It extends out the door of a family’s …

The 7 Most Common Caribbean Myths and Stereotypes

June 23, 2015 – 10:12 pm | No Comment

The Caribbean is a vibrant collection of people, cultures, sights and sounds. Yet those various layers of the region are often lost behind inaccurate stereotypes.

Before National Caribbean-American Heritage Month concludes, let’s unravel some myths about …

Geography of Poverty | msnbc

June 18, 2015 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

Poverty in America is concentrated in counties, regions, urban neighborhoods and reservations. Matt Black and Trymaine Lee document its current state.
Source: Geography of Poverty | msnbc
My Comments:  I will be following this report on poverty …

The career-spanning details in the federal personnel files – hacked

June 14, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

The employment database the government knows for certain was breached by hackers from China contains a wealth of information, some of it sensitive, about a federal employee’s career.
Federal officials said Friday that the massive intrusion was wider …

This one video shows how racism is real in America – The Washington Post

May 2, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Racism is still very much an issue in this country, one that pervades many aspects of life. But not everyone in America fully appreciates that fact. As many studies show, white Americans are often cut …

Racial Inequality After Racism

May 2, 2015 – 12:50 am | No Comment

What accounts for the continuity of racial inequality in a postracist America? The fact that an earlier era’s racism was built into the structure of various economic, social, and political institutions, so that even their …

Google: Most Racist Places in America

April 29, 2015 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

Private searches make it easy to express taboo thoughts
Where do America’s most racist people live? “The rural Northeast and South,” suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.
The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method …

Black Men Are Missing: Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

April 27, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

The New York Times has documented the “disappearance” of black men for the past decades through mass incarceration and death, but brings no solutions to the discussion.
The tragic and spiraling plight of black men in American …

Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism

November 28, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

It takes a clear head to drill into the bedrock of history, especially when that history contains some pretty atrocious acts. Lucky for us, Stephen Fry is up to the task.
Racism makes no damn sense …

Ferguson from Afar: How the World Sees the Protests

November 22, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

As the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, unfolds, questions about the United States’ commitment to human rights are once more headlining news coverage around the world. The uncomfortable international spotlight on such domestic problems should not …

The Case for Reparations

November 9, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be …

Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai

October 8, 2014 – 5:11 pm | No Comment
A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train in Mumbai

A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests…Continue Read @ Reuters
Thoughts:  Downright friggin’ …

A Country Losing Itself

December 26, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

My wife pointed out this poem to me written after the Massacre (including the cold-blooded killing of 20 children).  I have not written much about this.  I was just so torn up by the whole …

Shafia murder trial in Ontario Canada

January 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

On June 30, 2009, the bodies of three teenaged girls and a 50-year-old woman were found in a car submerged in the Kingston Mill Locks.
They were identified as 19-year-old Zainab Shafia, 17-year-old Sahar Shafia, 13-year-old …