“In my mind I see a line, and over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” — Harriet Tubman, quoted by Viola Davis in her 2015 Emmy acceptance speech. Acting’s triple crown — Oscar, Emmy and Tony — has … [Read more...]
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First of a two-part column The disposition to admire and almost worship the rich and powerful, and to despise, or, at least to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. ― Adam Smith We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, … [Read more...]
The next night following Moonlight’s win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater — the country’s longest running LGBTQ youth theater company — celebrated a first: a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented to them in November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Arts and … [Read more...]
The office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the U of M refuses to answer these questions: How many of the 1000 rapes reported over the past six years were reviewed (their office does not review and investigate every rape allegation), and reviewed in the same aggressive manner as the case with the 10 Black Gopher players? What is the racial breakdown of the … [Read more...]
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian Novelist, The House of the Dead, 1862 Twenty-four hours after the election of Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th president, the stock prices of privately run prisons in this country soared. And this reversal of fortune came as no surprise to private prison … [Read more...]