This Is Just My Opinion...

...Valued Only By Me And Nobody Else

A lifetime ago, I was sent to the University of Oklahoma by the Dean of Admissions at the University of Connecticut School of Law.... It was part of an effort to increase the number of black students enrolled at UCONN LAW SCHOOL, my alma mater... ______________________________________________________… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2015 10:56AM

The Criminal Case Against Ferguson

I have often stated that the police have become little more than a paramilitary buffer between the haves and have-nots in this country.... _______________________________________________________ I have also stated that, in black and brown communities and neighborhoods across the country, the police… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2015 11:46PM

Community Policing, LA Style

Simply put, the police have been given license to shoot and kill any black person anywhere, anytime... And, as Lezlie has aptly and eloquently put it, the beat goes on... _______________________________________________________… Read full post »

Not much here in the way of acknowledging/celebrating Black History Month....I guess that's still my "job".... _________________________________________________________ Ok, so be it....Here's my BHM contribution: President Barack Obama is in the "home stretch" of his two-term presidency. He and oth… Read full post »

At the time of the American Revolution and the framing of the Constitution, there was a widely shared philosophical belief that equality of citizenship was impossible in a nation where inequality of wealth remained the rule.... ______________________________________________________________________

T… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2015 9:08AM

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, June 15, 1932 - January 1, 2015 __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ This speech, given 30 years ago, has as much relevance and resonance tod… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2014 3:47PM

"....the black man has no rights...."

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and p… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2014 9:16PM

Balthazar, The "Black" Wise Man

It is generally accepted that one of the three wise men, or kings, to visit the scene of the birth of Jesus Christ was a black African (Ethiopian?) named Balthazar, who presented the child with the gift of precious myrrh. However, the Gospel of Matthew, which is the only canonical… Read full post »

What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson _________________________________________________ Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact, or reality, that is too painful to accept, and rejects it i… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2014 9:05PM

Christmas Colors

I'm not a drinker but, try this: High ball glass of ginger ale on ice, 1 Shot of grenadine 1 shot blackberry brandy (1/2 a shot if you're like me) 1 wedge of lime HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!

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As of July, 2011, for the first time in US history, there were more people of color born in the US than whites... The day is coming...White males can sense it.... Witness the overwhelming desi… Read full post »

Students, faculty, and administrators at more than 70 med schools nation wide have declared that, police killing of unarmed black people has reached the level of a public health crisis:… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 10:14AM

"The Black Man Has No Rights..."

The articulation of the paradigm within which the "issue/problem" of black people in America has always been addressed is the assertion written into what was then the "law of the land", and which has evolved/morphed into the foundation of the nature of all public and private relationships between whi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 8:17AM

Ferguson: Was it ever thus?

One hundred and fifty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court rendered it's decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford The decision in the case has long since been overturned by a variety of subsequent rulings, Constitutional Amendments and remedial legislation at the federal and state levels....… Read full post »

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."----Martin Luther King, Jr.… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 6:01AM

White Folks of the Bible

As I read Lezlie's "Historical not Hysterical post, I couldn't help but wonder, again, why Hollywood continues to blow opportunity after opportunity to be honest and truthful re the visual representations of (heroic?) Biblical figures....

In her post she wrote:  "Yesterday I watched yet anotherRead full post »

Revised and reposted from the "Open Dialogue On Race" series posted here in 2009.......

Code words, symbols, stereotypes, & myths are the means by which institutions and individuals transmit, maintain and reinforce racial prejudice and racial discrimination between groups andRead full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2013 9:35AM

Reform It or Lose It!

 The following post is a comment  inspired by Lezlie's recent post, U.S. Politics: Theater of the Absurd:

I believe that in light of the current rating that congress has been given by "we, the people", some reforms would seem to be in order:

1.) Term limits: 2 terms for senators and 4… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2013 11:03AM

If This Shut-Down Shit Works....

Well, they've gone and done it... The Republican nut jobs have shown that they're willing to destroy the country before they'll let a black man appear to be effective or successful as President of the United States...

This entire debacle is a manifestation of race based politics at the highest possib… Read full post »

White flight is a term that originated in the United States, starting in the mid-20th century, and applied to the large-scale migration of whites of various European ancestries from racially mixed urban regions to more racially homogeneous suburban or exurban regions.

Now the term may well b

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The Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War in 1648, is important in modern international relations theory, and is often defined as the beginning of the international system and  the discipline by which International Relations theorists have identified several  … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 9:43AM

White Privilege and The Silent majority

The notion or concept of the "silent majority" was devised in order to provide the average white person a way to identify with the vast majority of white people who weren't actively and openly engaged in the protests and civil disobedience that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement...The idea bei… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2013 1:57PM

Goodbye and Farewell, Sirenita

 Sirenita LakeSirenita Lake

I'm certain that anyone who knew her will miss her...As I do...

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JULY 27, 2013 5:52AM

Interlude for Sirenita


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I am asking that those of you, who are inclined to do so, say a little prayer for Sirenita Lake....

And those of you who are not so disposed, please stop what you're doing for a moment, pause and reflect on what you can do and say here thatRead full post »

JULY 24, 2013 10:17PM

Sirenita's Beethoven



"...He had exquisite foresight as to how music would evolve in the future. He was an astounding piano improvisateur, which moved Mozart to prophesy, “He will give the world something worth listening to.” The last movement of the “WaldsteiRead full post »