January 17 , 2021 /

MLK AND ME

In the early 1960’s I studied civil disobedience as illustrated by Martin Luther, a German pastor, and Mahatma Ghandi.  Luther’s 95 theses were written in 1517 and Ghandi led the protest against the national salt tax in 1930.. Being born in 1937, I was a young child during WWII, from 1941-1945. I learned more about

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November 13 , 2020 /

PEST

POST ELECTION STRESS TEST:   Yes, that’s right.  The election this past November 3, ten days ago, illustrated full on what we already knew, that this country is polarized, divided and fractured. And it’s still not officially over.  The political divisions are significant because they are along race, class and ethnic lines;  influenced by socio-economic conditions,

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October 18 , 2020 /

THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT ON TRIAL

We just watched the film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and I highly recommend you have a look if you haven’t seen it.  While there is some debate about the merit of the film, what came through for me is what James Berardinelli said in his review: “In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful

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October 4 , 2020 /

A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER

As some of you know, I have a long history with civil rights and the issues surrounding race relations in these Disunited States.  I have written about it previously, documented some of my experience in the 60’s and posted another piece recently here, “Understanding Racism.” This one is a revision and update of a blog

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September 4 , 2020 /

POWER OF A NAME

Around the age of 2-3, we start to know ourselves as someone with an identity where we look in the mirror and say, “That’s me!”  I am somebody with a name. Our name becomes part of who we are, what we are called by our parents, our brothers and sisters and then by everyone whom

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August 17 , 2020 /

UNDERSTANDING RACISM

There are many covert as well overt practices that contribute to racism today in the United States. There are some white people who seem not to be able, or willing, to acknowledge the bias of white privilege.  It may be easier for them to blame others rather than accept any responsibility for many of the

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