It turns out I'm more naive than I thought. I blame it on being white. See, I thought we'd pretty much handled the worst of racism. When Lyndon Johnson got civil rights laws passed, when affirmative action came in and as a liberal Baby Boomer, by the new MilleniumI thought we were in fairly good . . .
One 30-year-old local who gave his first name only as Carlos, didn’t hear the fatal gunfire but saw the hysteria aftewards and walked to the police tape. “A lot of people were clapping and laughing,” he said. “Some were saying, ‘They deserved it,’ and another was shouting at the cops, ‘Serves them . . .
Pray for Peace I must interrupt regularly scheduled programming because the world has gone mad once again and terrorists of all flavors are running rampant, many in the name of religion. Children are being beheaded. People are being buried alive. These barbarous acts are worse than we can . . .
There's too little civilized discourse these days, and too much heated rhetoric. Any chance to understand people who hold different beliefs is overwhelmed by insults and comments meant to demean. And social media have become the new vehicle for this kind of derision. Perhaps this began with the . . .
Well, ok, here's the thing. Some people may not agree and if you don't, I'd like to hear your respectful disagreement. Read on: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re all born into a culture and grow up absorbing its values and . . .
What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope? – You yourself must change it. – what would it feel like to know your country was changing? – You yourself must change it. – Though your life felt arduous new and unmapped and strange what would it mean . . .
National (and individual) conversations about racism, homophobia and bigotry have amped up this week, starting with the Paula Deen deposition and on to the invalidation of a key part of the Voting Rights Act and, of course, the happy news that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage . . .
Paula Deen's on the hot seat this week, with just about everyone excoriating her for racist statements. Someone foolishly booked her on the Today show. Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed, realizing she'd do herself no good at all, and she cancelled--there is no way for anyone to talk their way out . . .
The good old days weren't so good for these people. THIS (click the word) very powerful piece referring to the Mad Men nostalgia craze and why "the greatest generation" wasn't ran on Gawker on June 27. The writer is bothered by our rosy, nostalgic picture of the past and points out many of the . . .
We're the last generation that will ever sit with a box of old, faded photographs, my husband pointed out when he saw me poring over old family snapshots and portraits the other day.When our grandchildren want to see old photos, they'll need access to our computers, our phones, our cloud, where . . .