Tuesday September 01, 2015
July 3rd, 2015
Some defenders of the Confederate flag in South Carolina and around the country say the flag is not a symbol of racism and violence -- but of states' rights. They say the Civil War was waged by the South to limit the authority of President Lincoln and the federal government over the states.
On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms -- not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself -- spoke of a potentially serious condition. The emergency medical technicians called to the club said we had to have them checked out right away.
How could someone hate a person simply because of dark pigment? Based on our history of racial progress and regress, it’s simple.
Racism mostly is about entitlement, about power, about privilege. And this key point: In our country it’s about a victimhood that never really happened.
Racism is nine-tenths possession. The remaining one-tenth is simple alienation.
Forget all the focus on the one ugly word President Obama used. Pay attention, instead, to the rest of the words in his podcast interview. They offer a remarkable self-portrait of a president in the second half of his second term, both chastened and liberated.
Super-achievers (and your uber-ambitious parents) - take a deep breath, go to the pool, have an ice mpop.
Do not take summer research statistics. Do not hire a robotics tutor. Do not start yet another thread on a parenting forum asking for advice on how to get your child into the much-sought-after Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia.
Let’s see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles; and the U.S. and China are jostling in the South China Sea. Did someone restart the Cold War while I was looking the other way?
If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.
What happened in Charleston is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It's a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619: the brutalizing and killing of black people because of the color of their skin.
“You don’t have to do this,” Tywanza Sanders said to the young man who suddenly rose and drew a gun, and according to witnesses, said he was there “to shoot black people.”
He had been sitting in the Bible study session at Charleston, South Carolina’s, historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for an hour, next to the pastor, debating scripture.
In late 2011, during the planning for one of the debates of Republican presidential candidates, questions were raised about whether the eight-person field would be too unwieldy for television. One suggestion was to drop the low man in the polls, former Sen. Rick Santorum.
Fortunately, the idea was rejected. The debate was a success, Santorum went on to win the Iowa caucuses and was the runner-up to Mitt Romney for the nomination.