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Anti-Racism, Deconstructed

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Story of the Grateful Negro Who doesn’t like the age old narrative where good triumphs over evil? It reminds us of how the world should be and eases the daily injustices we all have to face. In that vein there’s a You Tube Video making the global rounds called “Stop Racism”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxJgZwtJHg8 On first glance […]

Quest For Equality: U.S. @ 238

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 That All Men are Created Equal Of course, they meant white men with property and as for women, well, not a word. Black Americans, free and slave, fought for both America and Britain, hedging their bets on an outcome that could include freedom for some and citizenship rights for all. But blacks lost the bet […]

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

O.K. with the Odd Queer

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St. Paddy’s in Beantown Boston’s newish Mayor Martin Walsh has committed the equivalent of farting in a Catholic church by stating that he will boycott the City’s famed St. Patrick Day’s Parade unless “gay groups are allowed to participate.” The NYT reports that John “Wacko” Hurley, a parade organizer, says “it’s final”: no gay groups.  […]

Race and Symbols: The Enigmatic Flag

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  The South Will Rise Again? Last week white folks gathered in Chester, Virginia, near the state’s Capitol in Richmond, to raise and otherwise glorify the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, better known as the Confederate flag. There were rifle-firing porcine confederates (much, much larger than the real thing) and speeches about southern […]

Almost Hidden DC: Winston’s Rude Awakening

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  Nelson Moves In Washington, DC’s Massachusetts’s  Avenue is called “Embassy Row” for a reason: lining the street for several miles are a string of mostly stately buildings which now serve as the Washington home to foreign governments. These buildings are on their second lives, at least, having originally been built as stately mansions of the […]

Words: You Have Ghetto Booty

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  Dr. Sweo Keeps It Simple Tennessean Terry Ragland, ravaged with pain, visited Sports Orthopedics & Spine in Jackson seeking relief.  In this age of enlightened medicine, her physician, Orthopedist Dr. Timothy Sweo, leavened his diagnosis with a healthy dose of his apparent special understanding of race and intellect. Her condition, identified by Dr. Sweo as […]

Words: Funny, Tasteless, But Hardly Racist

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  Dewy, Cheatem and How Octo- comedienne Joan Rivers taught us that the horrible can also be hilarious and a clever plotter proved her point last week when a Bay area news station was spoofed into the on-air reading of fictitious pilot names from the recent Asiana Air crash at SFO. Fingers are pointing every-which-away […]

History and Race: March 18, 1942

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  The War Relocation Act Seventy-one years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans to report for forced relocation. In the wake of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, politicians, leaders and many others concluded that all Americans exhibiting the features of Japanese ancestry were potential spies, soldiers or […]

Joan, the Holocaust and Hot Heidi

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  Can Tragedy Be Funny For a Reason? Joan Rivers, the nearly octogenarian, outrageous comedian, recently observed regarding Heidi Klum that, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The response has been predictable, including from the (Jewish) Anti-Defamation League, who said, “This remark is so […]

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Comments
Perry Kaemmerling
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Mr. Lamar In regards to "Ethics", how did you come across this email address in which you are using to advertise your blog?
2014-08-20 23:36:49
Eric Lamar
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Laugh-out-loud. Whatever you say.
2014-08-20 22:44:24
Reg Verner
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I guess you helped me make my point! Martin Luther King jr. didn't wait nor would he stand silent to keep himself in good with other American leaders. His integrity stood strong and he did what was right especially in that moment!! your Johnny come lately tactics just aren't credible to me! I can't get…
2014-08-20 22:41:43
Eric Lamar
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I am comfortable with what I did while I was there, especially under the circumstances. Should Martin Luther King, Jr. have stopped speaking out when Bobby Kennedy or "cracker" southern democrats told him to hush up? I have no agenda other than transparency and now I am in a position to say that, whatever you…
2014-08-20 22:31:12
Reg Verner
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I guess my question is: Was the GP unethical when you worked for him? If so why didn't you come out to us in such a public forum while you were still serving your tenure? Was being LAUDED for your work so important to you that you forgot to tell the rest of us what…
2014-08-20 22:23:45
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