Category Black Lives Matter

When sh*t blows up

Don’t be mislead by the title. I’m not talking about terror bombings or explosives conspiracies. I’m talking about emotion and metaphor. There are times when sh*t blows up metaphorically, when people can no longer escape images that reveal a profound disconnect between their perceived reality and the lives of people on the other side of […]

Black Lives Matter (in Flint)

  So, there’s this. I posted about the above on my Facebook wall. I think it’s a powerful metaphor, and it reinforces the disaster that the city of Flint Michigan represents. It also addresses the fact that the right to life movement doesn’t see clean water and poison to be in its pro-life agenda. After […]

Michael Moore’s call for revolt

Michael Moore’s essay on Flint and the poisoning of the water there starts like this: Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much […]

Not to root for Bernie…

The Democrats’ debate in Vegas on Tuesday was an interesting piece of TV. I’ve made my own feelings about the race known here. I’m energized by the presence of Bernie Sanders in the race, primarily because he’s saying things that no one else will say.  And not to get too excited, but Bernie apparently won […]

Demand police accountability!

On my radio show, I had spoken to Danette Chavis on more than one occasion regarding the Eric Garner case and the larger issue of lack of police accountability when people (usually people of color, but not always) die or are severely injured in the course of ‘normal’ events. Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the […]

Dylann Roof’s mental health and other delusions

I don’t think I need to tell you, but Dylann Roof, a 21 year old white man from South Carolina, has been apprehended after allegedly killing nine black parishioners at a church prayer meeting in Emanuel AME, an historic black church in Charleston, SC.  Words fail me. Fortunately, words didn’t fail Jon Stewart, who dispensed with […]

Warning about Freddie Gray discussions

I’m going to piss off many of my FaceBook friends in coming days. Some are even family. Read at your peril. As events have unfolded in Baltimore around Freddie Gray and his death while in police custody, I’ve found myself increasingly out of step with many of my Facebook ‘Friends’. You of the left persuasion know […]