Race

 
August 25, 2017
DD-BNails

Our Tergiservator-in-Chief

When a pol gets boxed-in by a thorny controversy or outright ethical accusations, he or she classically employs one (or more) of three gambits: denial, deflection and definition. Denial comes in many forms, including flat-out rejection of the facts or charges. But that works only for the truly innocent, and […]
August 23, 2016

What do black Americans have to lose?

Dear Donnie – You are certainly entitled to an answer to the question you put recently to black Americans, i.e. “What the hell do you have to lose” by supporting you. But since you apparently sometimes forget that as the Republican nominee, you have an obligation to support your party’s […]
July 8, 2016

How long must we wait?

  How many videos of black fathers/sons/brothers being killed by police must we see before we acknowledge the problem? Here is a PARTIAL list of black men who died at the hands of police officers in the last couple of years: Dontra Hamilton – Milwaukee – 4/14′ Eric Garner – […]
February 13, 2016

Pop Goes the Evil (of Racism)

  Of all of the ridiculous, unfounded charges leveled at President Obama across the past seven years, the most baseless and inane is that he has made racism in America worse. Like a pimple, racism has lurked under the skin of our national face for decades: an irritating presence that seemed […]
May 23, 2015

What would Edwards Deming do about racism?

Journalists, political pundits and candidates are lining up to make the pronouncement that the Big Issue for 2016 will be criminal justice reform — encompassing everything from police conduct and prosecutorial policies to minimum mandatory sentencing, restoration of felons’ rights, and mass incarceration: the hot new buzz-phrase of the year. […]
April 18, 2015

Where “The Conversation” goes from here

Driven by mainstream news coverage of the shootings of black men by white law enforcement officers, corporate initiatives like Starbucks’ “Race Together” campaign, and social media commentary such as that generated by YouTube sensation Dixon White (a/k/a Jorgé Moran), both the volume and the intensity of “The Conversation” are increasing […]
April 8, 2015

Florida Cops and Racism: Just a few bad apples?

Last week, three North Florida prison guards affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan were charged with conspiring to murder a black man after his release from the facility where they worked. Last month, three Fort Lauderdale police officers were fired and a fourth resigned after an investigation found they had […]