Modern Race Relations 101: A Primer for White People

Well before the Trayvon Martin verdict, I had seen, heard and read about white people dismissing the racial context of the case.  Some do this artfully and skillfully; others, not so much.  I've been wanting to explore some of these maneuvers more closely for a while now. … [Read more...]

Who’s THAT guy?

Once upon a time, there was a man named Dr. Benjamin Rush.  Never heard of him?  Not surprising, even though he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and helped ratify the Constitution of the United States.  He was beloved in his time, spent much of his medical career helping the poor, was an advocate for abolition of both slavery and the death penalty, supporter of education for boys AND girls, and while serving as a doctor in the Continental army, criticized and called for the re … [Read more...]

Four More Years…Please?

I want Barack Obama to continue as our president for the next four years.  "Oh, my goodness, I am SO SHOCKED to hear this!" said no one who has met me ever.Reasons range from shallow to profound, and from micro-specific to enormously broad.  Let's start with the obvious.1.  Obama is a friend of groups who have historically been ignored, dismissed, abused and refused basic rights of equality.He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law.  This broadened the ability of those (mo … [Read more...]

Vaginas to the Left, Vaginas to the Right.

Here's one of the things I'm good at.  Seeing the other side.  I do it in many of my pieces about women's rights...especially when it comes to advocating legal and safe abortions.  I'm going to try it again, here.  This is me, playing devil's advocate, tongue-in-cheek style.Let's just asssseeewwwwwwwme that the censure of Michigan State Lawmaker, Lisa Brown, was NOT a result of her having used the dreaded (correct) term, "Vagina"  "Hoo-hah."  Let's asssseeewwwwwwwme that the male Republican l … [Read more...]


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