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Father’s Day: A Meditation on Ritual

For an old Hippie like me the idea that I would love my family’s ritual of “Father’s Day” seems at first silly and vapid.  The fact that a made-up holiday, dreamed up for commercial benefit, could add meaning to my... Continue Reading →

A Southern Politician Talks Truth On Racism and Cultural Diversity

Mitch Landrieu,  the Mayor of New Orleans made an epic speech on racism and historical revisionism in New Orleans, that applies to all of America. Landrieu made this speech in the context of the protests he is getting because of... Continue Reading →

Trump=Hitler: If You Couldn’t Conceive It Then, You’d Better Believe It Now!

A fair question to ask about me is "Who the Hell Am I for my views to be trusted by anyone when I state that Donald Trump is a 'Hitler" in the making?"  While I could justify myself by presenting... Continue Reading →

On This Easter Sunday, Lest We Forget Our Nation’s Past

I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I saw this piece at DailyKos and I think it is an important reminder of America’s history: The Easter Sunday massacre in Colfax, Louisiana, and the awful Supreme Court decision that followed... Continue Reading →

Being Black in America Means That You Are Always at a Disadvantage

The underlying subtlety of American racism first became clear to me as a 23 year old welfare caseworker, working on 125th Street in Harlem.  I needed some food for dinner and went into the local supermarket of a large chain, that... Continue Reading →

Ignorant Little Rich Boys Make Us Their Toys: The “Dunning-Kruger” Effect in Today’s Politics

"The "Dunning–Kruger effect" is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is." How better to understand Donald Trump and his Presidential Administration then to see this whole... Continue Reading →

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