Society Needs a Collective ‘Time Out’

An article in yesterday’s New York Times got me thinking. It described the latest round of something we see constantly these days: speakers (usually conservative) being shouted down or denied a platform altogether by (usually “progressive”) students or activists. The right does this too, though in their case it’s often more institutionalized than ad hoc. Examples include the expulsion this week of two Tennessee state representatives or … Continue reading Society Needs a Collective ‘Time Out’

Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

I’ve spent a awful lot of time watching Court TV this month with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin and the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia. I can’t immediately recall two trials of this magnitude coming back to back like this, nor situations touching simultaneously on so many social, legal and political issues — to name just a few… the Second Amendment right to … Continue reading Courting Tragedy: Reflecting on the Rittenhouse & Arbery Trials

Black Lives Matter, Violence & Marxism

George Floyd’s murder in Milwaukee under a policeman’s knee on May 25, 2020, sparked massive and mostly peaceful anti-racism protests worldwide by millions under the banner of Black Lives Matter. Millions poured into the the streets. Across the United States, there were more than 550 marches, rallies and vigils (photos). There were also protests in at least 40 countries beyond the U.S. DW News out … Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Violence & Marxism

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

President Trump resumes his signature rallies tomorrow night with a gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Initially the rally stirred controversy when it was scheduled for tonight — “Juneteenth,” the annual celebration marking when the last slaves were freed two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Trump’s rally was shifted to Saturday, but the timing and location still hit a nerve. This month marks the … Continue reading The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Malcolm X Still Resonates

We are living in a powerful political moment. This seems a good time to go back and listen to the insights and perspectives of Malcolm X. Although it’s been 55 years since his death, we’re still facing the same issues he spoke about. His words resonate as much now as then. Perhaps more. These videos I’ve assembled here are from the last year of Malcolm … Continue reading Malcolm X Still Resonates

The Strength & Impact of Peaceful Mass Action

Ten days ago, on May 25, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police officers. This has been a watershed event, rocking the country to its core and even the world. Peaceful protests here and intentionally continue to this day. There has been considerable rioting as well in cities big and small. I wrote last weekend about the danger rioting poses to this movement for justice. … Continue reading The Strength & Impact of Peaceful Mass Action

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’

This morning I posted the image above from Teaching for Change as my cover photo on Facebook, and within a few minutes this exchange occurred: It’s a fair observation that “All lives matter.” They do. You, me… all our lives matter. So why the emphasis on ‘Black Lives Matter’? I’d like to respond in more depth to my Facebook Friend and others who might make … Continue reading Why ‘Black Lives Matter’

Riots Invite Future George Floyds

The press and social media are abuzz today as protests and riots break out across the country following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We have them here in Cleveland, and even in sleepy Ft. Wayne where my husband grew up. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has declared an unprecedented 12:00 Noon curfew today. The protests are even international. This protest took place in … Continue reading Riots Invite Future George Floyds

The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin

When we hear the words “reaction” and “reactionary” we usually think of the rightwing. More and more, in our angry and polarized environment these days, the liberal left is falling into this same behavior. I wrote about this in January when I analyzed the Lincoln Memorial confrontation between Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann and Indian activist Nathan Phillips. (See “A Teaching Moment.”) Events following … Continue reading The Gibson’s Bakery Case in Oberlin