The Dangers of the Politics of Respectability – #IfIDieInPoliceCustody continued

So-called politics of respectability are dangerous because it does not matter if someone did do drugs, was argumentative, did wear their pants “too low,” or whatever, that is no reason to kill a (Black) person. #Blacklivesmatter.   Be sure to see the “part one” of this article: #IfIDieInPoliceCustody

#IfIDieInPoliceCustody

Please read the following: read each in full, including the hashtag each time, and read slowly and carefully. Email subscribers might need to visit the website to see the embedded links.  We have got to make serious change. #BlackLivesMatter Followup post: The Dangers of the Politics of Respectability – #IfIDieInPoliceCustody continued  Source: Everyone Should Be Reading These IntenseContinue reading “#IfIDieInPoliceCustody”

Review of Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle – Journal of African American History

My first review in the Journal of African American History is now in print. To read a copy click here.  Review of Borders of Equality: The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle, 1914-1970, by Lee Sartain, The Journal of African American History 100, no. 2 (2015): 331-333.

Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Different Kind of History of the United States (part 2 of 2)

Data makes for some uniquely powerful and important studies. Word Clouds are one tool among many used in the field of Digital Humanities. In Word Clouds the bigger the word, the more often the word appears in the original text. This two part series (see part one here) looks at presidential inaugural addresses. Part one was just theContinue reading “Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Different Kind of History of the United States (part 2 of 2)”

Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Word Cloud History of the United States (part 1 of 2)

First Inaugural Address of George Washington, April, 30, 1789 Second Inaugural Address of George Washington, March 4, 1793 Inaugural Address of John Adams, Saturday, March 4, 1797 First Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1801 Second Inaugural Address of Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1805 First Inaugural Address of James Madison, March 4, 1809  First Inaugural Address ofContinue reading “Presidential Inaugural Addresses: A Word Cloud History of the United States (part 1 of 2)”

Football is Racist

High school, college, and professional football are racist. I’m not the first to express this unpopular opinion and certainly will not be the last. Hopefully, the number of people who recognize how problematic football is will only increase. I have been wanting to and have been asked to do this post for some time. Please read with an especiallyContinue reading “Football is Racist”

Proposing a New Model of Justice

Notions of justice, retribution, remorse, healing, forgiveness, and parallel states of being are inherently subjective. To look at the arbitrariness of justice, for example, consider how different democracy in New York, New York, looked to the immigrant and the millionaire in 1900.  I want to make a few brief comments about our legal system in the United States.Continue reading “Proposing a New Model of Justice”

How much do we miss without even knowing it?

A lot. Working memory (or short-term memory, using now-dated terminology) last a matter of seconds and can hold 7±2 chunks of information before it is gone forever, unless we make special efforts to transfer that information into long-term memory.  But what about all the information that does not even make it into short-term memory? What about all of theContinue reading “How much do we miss without even knowing it?”