October 23, 2020

If you recognize that line then you know the show it came from. Hogan’s Heroes and Sergeant Schultz right? The joke is that the evidence is clearly in front of him but he refuses to see it. It was a funny gag in the sitcom. Not so funny in real life. The latest example of this not being funny in real life was illustrated by Professor Eddie Glaude in his encounter with Rod Dreher on the Morning Joe show. Dreher… Read more

September 29, 2020

Why is Trump president? That is a serious question for me. I mean I know that he is president because he received more electoral votes than Hillary Clinton. But what skill did Trump bring to the 2016 election that led to his presidency? Part of what surprised me about his election is that I did not see any discernable skill that he contributed to that victory. I watched as Trump won primary after primary during the Republican nomination process. Then… Read more

September 5, 2020

Let’s be honest shall we. There are no heroes in the Kyle Rittenhouse story. If we believe the best about Rittenhouse, then it was self defense. But it was also a 17 year old kid who decided to go to Kenosha to beat back the hordes of rioters. He had no business being there but he came ready for action. And his action took the lives of two men and crippled a third. If we believe the best about his… Read more

August 26, 2020

I know I have been blogging a lot on race lately. I promise you that while I do plan on blogging more on racial issues than I have in the past not every blog I do will be on racial issues. In fact, after this one, I have promised myself that my next two blogs will not focus on racial issues. Last week I discussed the presence of institutional racism. Dealing with that racism is the challenge that faces many… Read more

August 19, 2020

As you may have figured out by now, I have been posting a lot on race lately. And that will continue for the foreseeable future. To be honest I thought I was mostly done talking on racial issues about ten years ago. At that time I had come out with a book – Transcending Racial Barriers – which basically stated what I wanted to talk about as it concerned racial issues. The Mutual Obligations Approach detailed in the book was… Read more

August 12, 2020

Three years ago, it was immediately clear to me that I could not support Donald Trump as president of the United States. It took a little longer, but I eventually decided that neither could I support Secretary Clinton for president. So I decided to vote for the political group that best reflected my values which is the American Solidarity Party (ASP). It felt good for once to vote for a person who best represented my values rather than someone who… Read more

August 6, 2020

Imagine that you are the CEO of a large business or president of a university. We are at a time where racial animosity and division has moved to the forefront of our nation. As the leader of your organization you may be concerned with dealing with the effects of our country’s atrocious legacy of racism. You may be concerned due to what such conflict will do to the bottom line or you just might have a passion to end racism…. Read more

July 16, 2020

Watching a country tear itself apart is quite a spectacle. This is the cycle I have come to expect when we have a national racial incident. We have the racial incident, the protest and the backlash. Is it a cycle that we can break? Not if we keep doing what we have done before. So here is my attempt to move away from that cycle and to encourage us to think about a mutual accountability approach. Many of those who… Read more

June 3, 2020

I did not want to blog about this. I really wanted the Floyd issue to come and go without comment from me. I mean we just had the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and I just am not ready for one more murdered black man. Not only mentally and emotionally am I not ready for it, but I simply do not have the time. I am finishing the manuscript for a book and working on a grant in addition to putting… Read more

May 24, 2020

Today many churches are reopening up, probably largely thanks to the comments of President Trump. Those comments are unfortunate. Although he likely does not have the power to actually order churches open his words will encourage more of them to engage in civil disobedience. But I cannot just blame Trump. Some of the restrictions governors have laid out are far from realistic. When the North Carolina governor attempts to restrict all churches, even those with sanctuaries that can hold 2,000… Read more




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