Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders’ Social Democracy v. a Gifted Car

Is Bernie Sanders a Democratic Socialist or a Social Democrat? What is social democracy? How democratic socialists, a CEO gifting a car and universal healthcare are connected.

The Racial Wealth Gap: Two Reports on Income and Asset Disparity

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series How Whites Hold Blacks Back

Two recent reports on racial income disparity and asset disparity address various reasons for the racial wealth gap. They look at black education, black housing disparity, black banking and black savings.

Segregation Policies, Redlining and the Present Racial Housing Disparity

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series How Whites Hold Blacks Back

Segregation policies, racial covenants and racially biased redlining led to the current racially divided housing situation, the racial housing disparity and the racial asset disparity.

The Blurry Lines Between White Responsibility, White Privilege and Racism

Some thoughts about my own white responsibility, my white privilege and my unconscious racism, and a few shocking peeks at living while black in Trump Country

SRO Ben Fields: Fans of and Lawsuits for Excessive Force, Racial Profiling

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

SRO Ben Fields had lawsuits filed against him, for excessive force and for racial profiling. Yet the police and the school were okay with letting him loose on kids, and so are many others.

What’s the Purpose of American Public Schools, Education or Discipline?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

How is it acceptable to have Officer Slam in American public schools? And why is discipline seen as the be-all, end-all in American public education?

Spring Valley High School Student Violently Arrested by SRO Ben Fields

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

An SRO -- School Resources Officer -- at Spring Valley High School (S.C.) violently slammed a black female student to the floor and then threw her several feet toward the door. She was arrested for using her cell phone in class. 

Better Firearms Training, Less Lethal Force, Fewer Lethal Police Shootings

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Police Shooting Black Men and Boys

During police firearms training, why not teach officers to aim for the shoulder or leg? There would be decidedly fewer lethal police shootings if cops didn't have the license to use lethal force every time they felt threatened.

Police Shootings, Militarization and the Absence of the NRA in Ferguson MO

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Police Shooting Black Men and Boys

Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrations against police violence have been going on since, which the police have met with tanks and army gear.

The Meridian Race Riot of 1871: the Failure of the Rickety Reconstruction

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

The Meridian race riot of 1871 illustrates the battles between freedmen and the KKK and other white supremacists in the South during the Reconstruction era.