Middle School Teacher Suspended for Teaching America’s Racist History

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A middle school teacher in Monroe, Michigan has been suspended after showing a historical video in his history class showing a white man wearing blackface to imitate an African-American.The video was part of a history lesson on Jim Crow racial segregation laws.  Teacher Alan Barron, 59, played the video to show his students how some white Americans considered racist acts acceptable "entertainment" in the 1800s.According to the Monroe News, Monroe Middle School teacher Alan Barron … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Seminary’s “Black Jesus”: Symbol of God’s Love and of Racial Reconciliation

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I was one of those kids who really wasn't sure what I'd like to do after graduating high school. An honors graduate with specialization in business classes, I found an office job—working as an executive secretary for Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield. For several years before beginning college, I boarded a bus each morning for the 15-mile commute to my office in downtown Detroit.So it was that on Monday, July 24, 1967, the day that life changed for the city of Detroit, I was at my desk.In t … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

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One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?”   The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.  I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.  One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.  I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”Now, what is the difference between the two?  How does one determine wh … [Read more...]


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