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Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Hatein’ White Folk

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It’s All About Success Just when you thought that the current national crisis of police shootings of black men could not possibly get worse, in steps North Carolina Republican Congressman Robert Pettinger. Pettinger, a Trump supporter, was being interviewed by Great Britain’s BBC when he explained protester anger in Charlotte, NC, site of a recent […]

Words: Some South Dakotan Slaves

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“Think we should make slaves again….” Media reports that, “The (Facebook) account of John Nygaard, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, made a post stating “Think we should make slaves again….” The account also said, “Vote Trump.  Fuck These people.” Mr. Nygaard was apparently a Dell Rapids Fire Rescue volunteer before his foray into social commentary. The […]

Race & Politics: Trump Pivots

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And Lies Again For years Donald Trump has been the leader in questioning President Obama’s citizenship. His reason was far more than a casual interest in Obama genealogy. It was a sly and racist gambit to destroy our president through innuendo. Colin Powell points out that when the President’s birthplace was undisputed, Trump was still […]

Race: Born in the USA

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Pence, Trump-the-Birther and the Fault Line of Race Donald Trump has both energized and fueled the “discussion” of whether President Obama was born here. Ashley Parker and Steve Eder have explained Trump’s motivation for doing so:  “Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorate over an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in […]

Susan Collins, Trump and the GOP

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Unworthy of Being Our President Today’s Washington Post contains an Op Ed written by US Senator and Maine Republican Susan Collins explaining why, as a lifelong member of the GOP, she will not be voting for Trump in November. Collins is a member of a vanishing species, the Moderate Republican (MR). A sign of a […]

Trump and the Fallen

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Many firefighters feel a special veneration for Americans who have given their lives in service to our country. Perhaps that’s because in some very small way they understand the tension and force of danger and pushing beyond it. Thousands of brave soldiers have been taken from us either in their absolute prime or just on […]

Department of Irony: Trump, Clinton and the Obama Effect

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Trump as the Anti-Obama It has been said that Donald Trump is the exact opposite of Barack Obama and therefore the perfect antidote for those stricken deathly ill after eight years of a knee-grow president. Trump’s spewing of racist and bigoted commentary and the support he draws puts Obama’s blackness center stage and seals the deal […]

Obama, O’Reilly and the Slaves

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Well Fed, Decent Lodgings First Lady Michelle Obama, in her DNC speech the other night, referenced the use of slaves in the building of the White House. Last night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ended his segment clarifying that there were also “free blacks, whites and immigrants at work on the massive building.” O’Reilly also said […]

War, Terror, Policing

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Death in Baton Rouge Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers were murdered yesterday in a daylight ambush by Gavin Long. Long was later killed. He  was from Missouri and apparently leaves behind a trail of social media posts defining his radical views and beliefs. According to the Guardian, “In May 2015, Long filed court papers […]

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