For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu.
Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national political arena now.
Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: He won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen.
The 2014 mid-term elections are just eight months away – and the Republicans are worried about Black voters again.
What could anyone who loves America find offensive about Americans singing one of the nation’s unofficial national anthems, America the Beautiful?
By the early 1970s, Black Americans could reasonably say they had emerged victorious from their long struggle with America’s internal evil empire: the regime of legalized segregation in the South.
The American dream lives!
Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it.
Before assuming the presidency in 1960, John F. Kennedy barely paid attention to any Black American beyond his valet, and he intended to follow that approach during the first four of what he expected would be his eight years in office.
On Aug. 24 and Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 1963 March on Washington and the movement that brought America into the modern age.