Category Archives: Race and America

Mocking the Mockingbird

Social conservatives say they hate Hollywood, but Hollywood isn’t a smug liberal conspiracy to undermine all that is good and right in America. The major studios simply want to make money, lots of it, so they give America what America … Continue reading

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Attempting the Meaning of Things

Some people write because they know what they think and they know what they want to say, and they say it. Sometimes they even add supporting evidence, to let everyone know they’re right – really, there can be no other … Continue reading

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Now No One Can Breathe

No one should have been surprised, because geography matters. Staten Island is to New York City as Simi Valley is to Los Angeles – the smallest of the five boroughs, it’s predominately white, a bit isolated, and where all the … Continue reading

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The Human Comedy

Lighten up. Laughter is the best medicine, unless some things are too dire, or command too much respect, to joke about – but that’s a matter of opinion. A few years ago fatwas were issued regarding a number of European … Continue reading

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After Generalized Thanks

America paused for Thanksgiving, the national holiday that has nothing to do with religion or patriotism. Jesus isn’t mentioned and there are no Thanksgiving national heroes we honor. The holiday is rife with no particular meaning at all – unless … Continue reading

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The Words That Follow

We’re Americans. If something is wrong, we fix it. What, slavery is bad? We fixed that. What, women are fully functional beings? They can actually think in a rational way, and ought to be allowed to vote? We fixed that. … Continue reading

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Policing the Masses

Things are settling down in Ferguson, Missouri. The governor, Jay Nixon, is slowly withdrawing the National Guard: “I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the … Continue reading

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