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Politically Progressive Quotes from African Americans

african americans April 11th, 2020

African Americans are an integral part of the United States of America. 95% were brought against their will from Africa (or born to recently-arrived African slaves). They have had to struggle to find even a basic fair treatment from the majority-white populace, and it is incomplete. As a case in point, more black Americans are dying from the coronavirus, proportionally, than whites. Some of this might be able to be attributed to the larger number of premorbid conditions that tend to plague African Americans to a greater degree than other races, but even that leads to the recognition that there must be much about the American experience for black people that is significantly worse than for whites. Asian Americans have pretty decent outcomes in American society, and so it’s hard to tease apart the legacy of slavery from cultural mores and personal choices that are salubrious and prudent. At bottom, though, what is not in dispute is that the African American experience in America has been rough, and that has something to do with racism. I won’t chase every tangent that this introductory paragraph logically leads to — for example, the fact that African Americans are less economically advanced than whites. I will simply sample some politically progressive quotes from African Americans. Who better but these Americans themselves to share their experience?

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Civil Rights and Responsibilities

civil rights June 10th, 2019

Three social issues of great importance and significant disagreement include the right to abort an unwanted fetus within a certain period of time at a medical clinic (free from harassment or shame), the right to bear arms, and the rights of those who are gay and transgender to be free from discrimination in hiring and in the workplace. These are of importance because whenever a right is withheld in America, there needs to be a very compelling reason, Constitutionally and morally speaking. They are subjects about which there is fundamental disagreement (and not a little contention!) because they are thorny ethical, religious, and cultural issues. In the time of social media and political hyperpartisanship, the solution of these matters of great concern to society are matters of civil rights, and also of civil responsibilities. As well, with the resurgence of the radical Right, settled law (e.g., Roe v. Wade) is now being reexamined. This blog is about civil rights and civil responsibilities when it comes to three key issues.

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Tupac Shakur’s “Changes” is Laudable

Tupac February 1st, 2018

My favorite Tupac Shakur song is a posthumous release entitled “Changes.” It’s a laudable song, and is made even more interesting since it sampled a great Bruce Hornsby song I quite like. It’s a compelling song, musically, and it’s rife with interesting and enlightening lyrics. I think he made some mistakes in life, and isn’t someone I can wholly endorse, but I really dig this song, and I miss him when I hear it. Hey, justice is justice, and he had a way of making us all think about it. With police abuse, violence, poverty, and drugs we certainly haven’t made much progress in 25 years. Click through for the lyrics to Tupac’s compelling song about responsibility, personal growth, wisdom, self-confidence, truth, and passion.

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A Careful, Critical Look at America Since 9/11

America Since 9/11 November 20th, 2017

What were some of the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States? Did it give cover for certain forces and cabals to alter America substantially? Have civil liberties been curtailed in subsequent years? Is it fair to call the U.S. “the land of the free”? Have we lost something by torturing, attacking, and jailing both citizens and non-citizens alike? If Lady Liberty had the ability to move, would she be covering her face or standing proud? What do we as citizens need to do to try to halt the slide into a surveillance state in which dissent is quelled and dissenters are dealt with unethically? To help me explore America since 9/11, I interviewed Christine Rose, a documentary filmmaker about her film Liberty Bound: The United States Since 9/11.

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“The Ideals of Amnesty International”

the ideals of amnesty international August 20th, 2017

Did you know that sex slavery is off-the-charts in severity nowadays? There are more slaves on the planet now than there were at the start of the Civil War. It is an outrage. Here is a poem that is in support of the ideals of Amnesty International, a great human rights organization:

We sit in our armchairs here in the greatest country on Earth,
Yet others in less “civilized” countries are caged and executed,
Some have their cards laid on the table the day of their birth;
Their powerful abusers remain free and are never prosecuted.

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