Browsing All posts tagged under »Race«

Gypsies, Stereotypes, Offense, and Truth

July 31, 2017


Back in the days when parents still told their children fairy tales and scary stories at bedtime, the old saw about Gypsies stealing children was a staple (one famous example was Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which Esmeralda had been kidnapped by Gypsies as a child).  I had never given the idea […]

Rachel Dolezal Can’t Be Black, Because Dave Chappelle Can’t Be White

June 16, 2015


I’m no fan of the “one drop of black blood makes you black” philosophy, nor does one drop of white blood make you white. Dolezal is correct that race is more complicated than that. But she has not one single drop, not a smidgen, not an atom of black heritage. I have been watching in […]

A Wasted Organ Transplant: Why Patients’ Social History and Potential SHOULD Matter

May 11, 2015


If you were faced with 100 dying people, and could only save 79 of them, how would you choose? Back in 2012, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was denied a lifesaving heart transplant. Doctors ruled him a bad candidate because of a “history of noncompliance,” meaning he was unlikely to follow doctors’ orders concerning medications and follow-up […]

Be Fruitful, Unless You’re Not Like Me

July 7, 2014


Facebook, Hobby Lobby, and crowded trains reveal a very strange way of thinking among some of my friends.   You know how most of us self-censor depending on who we’re talking to? We will tell things to our friends that we would never in a million years say to our parents; we use different language […]


June 19, 2014


By Henry Louis Gates Jr. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between […]

Gypsies, Stereotypes, Offense, and Truth (Updated)

October 21, 2013


Back in the days when parents still told their children fairy tales and scary stories at bedtime, the old saw about Gypsies stealing children was a staple (one famous example was Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which Esmeralda had been kidnapped by Gypsies as a child).  I had never given the idea […]

Distressed? Need Help? Better Hope the Police Don’t Show

September 17, 2013


You know,  I have friends who are police officers; I respect the work they do; I recognize that it is tough, dangerous, and gritty.  But I can’t ignore cases like these. Early Saturday morning, after suffering a serious car wreck in the wee hours of the morning near Charlotte, NC, a young, college-educated man – […]

Juror B-37: Blessedly Anonymous, and Please Stay That Way

July 18, 2013


By now we have all heard of Juror B-37, one of the six jurors in the Trayvon Martin Case.  She had planned to cash in by writing a book on her experience of the trial, but that plan has been canned, and I can see why.  My advice for, and wish for, Juror B-37:  stay […]

The Black Experience, as Seen By a White Person

July 16, 2013


I grew up overseas, in places where white people were a minority.  Sure, I saw people of color employed as maids or gardeners, but I also saw them employed as heads of state, city mayors, shop owners, teachers, my doctor.  Frankly, I didn’t think much about color until we settled down in the US.  Only […]

Don’t Blame the Jury: How the Law Sometimes Fails

July 15, 2013


Many observers have lamented the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, and I agree with them that there has been a miscarriage of justice.  But laws are painstakingly, maddeningly, cripplingly specific, and I suspect that is what the jury went up against. In my Army days, I served a couple of times as an “Article […]

Putting the Victim on Trial

May 30, 2013


It used to be pretty standard practice in the bad old days to tarnish a rape victim’s reputation in court in order to invalidate her claim of rape, or at the very least, to cast doubts as to whether the act was consensual.  Was she a virgin?  Was she sexually active?  How many boyfriends had […]

The Eloquence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2013


I am struck sometimes by the eloquence of our forebears, by their mastery of language, the dignity of their expression, their ability to use their words to persuade and convince. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 84th birthday, here is his most famous speech, delivered 28 August, 1963 in the measured cadence of a […]

Strange Justice: Serving Life for Self-Defense

September 14, 2012


Imagine that a disgruntled and perhaps unstable man, who has a history of threatening and intimidating your neighbors, comes onto your property while you are out.  Your teen son calls to tell you about the trespasser, then tells you that the trespasser has pulled a knife on him.  You tell your son to go back […]

Jackson, MS: Still Every Bit as Racist as Depicted in “The Help”?

August 3, 2012


Now, before you get all offended, no, I am not saying that everyone in the south is racist, or that any other place is a beacon of righteousness and light.  However, I am saying there is a very definite, and very influential, racist element still alive and kicking, and that it is pretty shameful that […]

Strange Justice: Police Cleared After Killing Elderly Black Man Over Medical Alert

June 1, 2012


Here’s one I don’t understand.  According to CNN, a 68-year-old, fragile man, Kenneth Chamberlain, was in his own apartment when his medical alert device went off accidentally.  First responders were notified that the alert device was going off and Chamberlain needed medical help.  Medical help.  Keep that in mind as you read on.  An ambulance […]

Ethnic Identity and Over-Diluted Claims

May 9, 2012


Elizabeth Warren is taking some heat for having perhaps received some employment advantage through her Native American heritage… or lack thereof, as reported by Greg Wayland for NECN.  It’s not proven that she has any Native American heritage, and even if she does have a Native American ancestor or two, that’s not the point.  Just […]

Geraldo Rivera Blames Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie for his Death

March 25, 2012


On 22 March, Geraldo Rivera Tweeted, “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.”  In the admitted “avalanche of criticism” that followed – including from his own son – Rivera has refused to back down. If Trayvon Martin’s hoodie is responsible for his death, are short skirts responsible for women’s rapes?  How is […]