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David Brown — the black leader America needs
Tuesday July 19th, 2016
On Sunday, a remarkable exchange took place between outspoken Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and CNN’s Don Lemon (both black) after the Baton Rouge, La., incident in which three police officers were killed (one black) and three wounded, by a black man whose social media posts suggested a racial motivation for the attack. It’s worth watching. Lemon represents the &l...
There is no value in street violence, ‘cathartic’ or otherwise
Thursday April 30th, 2015
In a conversation with Post editorialist Chris Selley, Toronto journalist Septembre Anderson reflected on the Baltimore riots following the apparently violent death of 25-year old Freddie Gray while in police custody earlier this month. Anderson does not call the looting, vandalism, and fire-setting that took place “riots,” though; she calls them “a rebellion,&rdq...
People thought Obama would heal America’s bitter racial divide. It’s gotten worse
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
With Barack Obama’s tenure as U.S. president grinding to its definitive end, it’s clear the chasm between the Messiah-like figure he sold himself as in 2008 and the only-too-flawed mortal we see today will not close. In no area did he arouse greater expectations than that of race relations. Obama’s inexperience and lukewarm patriotism, factors that would have side...
Ferguson is the exception, not the norm in U.S. race relations
Thursday November 27th, 2014
Is a racism-free America a utopian dream? The recent dystopian mayhem of Ferguson, Missouri would seem to support such a pessimistic view of race relations. At times like these, with the focus on white power and black frustration and anger in a particular place, we fail to recognize the bigger picture of nation-wide social progress. Demonstrators outnumbered by media and onloo...
‘Stopping the bleeding’ in the black community
Thursday February 13th, 2014
During his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama spoke publicly about fatherlessness in black communities. “[Black men] have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men,” he said, “and the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.” It was a bold and true affirmation. It was also the last time Obama raised the controversi...
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