American history is and will always be a touchy subject. This may seem cliché but it rings more true than not. Why is this so? It could be that the political heroes we idolize as children are exposed as being more flawed than we thought once we get to college classrooms. It could be that everyone’s ancestors in this country get separated into categories such as the oppressors and the oppressed or the enslaved and the slavers.
Then of course there is always the definitive “history is written by the winners” line. This could ring true for a lot of the standard history textbooks used in K-12 classrooms around the country. In regards to my own educational experience I always tell people I learned two histories growing up: the one they taught in the classroom and the one that was taught to me at home. My parents saw this as a necessity because my ancestors where the farthest thing from “winners” in the eyes of history. Therefore who better to teach the lessons of the oppressed than their descendants? While both of these lesson plans were vital to my upbringing, the history taught in my household is one I hold in much higher regard. I understand that the curriculum from the school was supposed to be inclusive and could not pander to any one demographic. Still, without my parent’s intervention I never would’ve had an appreciation for what African Americans had to go through in this country. Continue reading American History and Slavery→
Crime is big business these days, or should I say prison is big business. Ever since prisons began to privatize, it’s been a boon to investors and states who wanted to relinquish the operations of major prisons across the United States. This niche market has become so big, it’s even traded on Wall Street. Making millions for its investors. The largest of which is Corrections Corporation of America, ticker symbol CCA.
All of this commotion is the unintended consequence of the war on drugs. At least that’s the argument. Anyone with half a brain can see that the war on drugs has had a devastating impact on communities of color. Some such as Michele Alexander, who authored, “The New Jim Crow” claims that this is social construct by design to control people of color.
If the American electorate was presented with the following candidate you would not vote for him. Someone who would intentionally send jobs overseas, not release his tax returns, hides his vast wealth in offshore bank accounts and protect his rich buddies with tax loopholes, who are in the top 1%.
So the question is, why would you vote for such a man? Simple answer, because he’s white! There is so much vitriol in the loud anti Obama chorus and most of it is tied to the fact that President Obama is black. I can understand if you disagree with his policies or you feel he does not have your interest on political and social issues. Let’s keep it real; most people who support or want to vote for Mitt Romney are doing it for one reason and one reason only; he’s white!
Pres. Obama’s endorsement of Gay marriage has sent shockwaves throughout the world and the U.S. ;will this hurt or help him? The Republicans of course, will use this as political fodder. The big question is, will the black church abandon Pres. Obama’s bid to a second term?
Many want to compare gay marriage to the civil rights struggle of African-Americans in the fifties and sixties. Many Americans are unaware of the significant role of a forgotten civil rights figure in the person of, Bayard Rustin. He was the gay associate and strategist of Dr. Martin Luther King. Mr. Rustin was King’s right hand man and a brilliant strategist. He is also the man behind the enormous success of the 1963 March on Washington.
The issue of race has reared it’s head once again in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case. Regardless where you stand on this issue, we can’t ignore the fact that race is still a delicate and highly charged issue in American society.
Many feel that now that a black man is in the white house we are post-racial; NOT! If you believe that, you need to step away from the crack pipe. The Trayvon Martin case is proof that race still dominates much of the American experience.
Regardless of where you stand on the raging debate on the Trayvon Martin killing, one thing’s for certain, the homicide investigation was bungled and flawed from the outset. Just last evening (March 27th) a startling revelation has come to light. The investigator who was first on the scene of the killing of Mr. Martin recommended that Zimmerman be arrested and charged with manslaughter. The state’s attorney told the investigator to “stand down” and not arrest Zimmerman citing that there was not enough “evidence” for a conviction. Really?
After a two year drought, Tiger Woods has roared back winning his first major, The Chevron World Challenge. Suffice it to say the man’s been a bit preoccupied and distracted with his multi-million dollar divorce and public humiliation.
Many thought Tiger Woods was finished after the cheating scandal broke two years ago. Having his squeaky clean image shattered right before our eyes was probably the biggest obstacle for Tiger to overcome.
Pat Buchanan’s new book is raising eyebrows and a lot of controversy over his assertion that “white America” is losing it’s dominance. It’s the right-wings death rattle of the demographic changes in America. Within the next generation, the term minority will become an oxymoron.
America is becoming more brown and black and that some very concerned. It’s as if no one of color is competent enough to lead America back to better days. Let’s face it, American Exceptionalism is on the decline. China is an emerging power that could pose a financial threat to the United States.
The simple truth is, those who expouse a white supremacy ethos are not happy! As people of color all over the globe assert their independence, it challenges the status-quo. The days of “Leave it to Beaver” and “Father knows best” are over.
As we get closer to the election of 2012, Republicans have awoken suddenly to realize that they really need the Latino vote! The Republicans never fail to amaze. they’ve kicked, browbeat and insulted the Latino electorate and now are looking for their support. Really? It may be a little too late, even if there may be some in the Latino community who may set out the 2012 election because of the Democrats failure to address immigration reform.
There’s been a lot of talk about the recent Republican effort to win over Latino voting support. While it may be admirable for the GOP to make an attempt to reach out to Latinos during a presidential election year, I’m afraid that their efforts will be fruitless until they reverse the actions of their dismal record regarding last December’s 2010 dream act vote. It takes a lot of nerve to diss and entire electorate, and then turn around and ask for their support; that takes the proverbial “cojones.”
The dream act would’ve helped thousands of young Latinos realize the American dream by getting a good education. This writer sees it as a win-win. Helping young people who ended up in America through no fault of their own, gaining higher education and securing their place in productive society. Who would be against that? The Republicans that’s who!
There is no other icon in America that evokes as much emotion and controversy as the Confederate flag. We fought a civil war over it, we fight a cultural war over it to this day. To some, it’s a symbol of heritage, to others it’s a symbol of hate.
To this day, several Southern states conspicuously show the stars and bars in their state flag. What’s puzzling is, why would you want to celebrate a war that you lost? most politicians from the south and the north as well are very reluctant to offer their opinion publicly about the Confederate flag. If this was just an innocent symbol of heritage, then why would you go mum and not discuss it publicly?