Bible in Hand…

Here's a picture of Donald Trump last night holding up a Bible. At least, I think that's he. Whatever. He was certainly thinking of these words of Jesus: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, … Continue reading Bible in Hand…

What the Hell Did You Expect?

No, I didn’t see the riots coming, but I am not surprised by them. You should not have been, either. What are you going to get when you combine a government that only cares about the extremely well-to-do and a rock-solid base of about a third of the country and an economy that suddenly pulls … Continue reading What the Hell Did You Expect?

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Our Police, Or Others Policing Us?

In the sixties, the police were the enemy not just of people of color but of many young Americans overall. The police riots in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the “field day for the heat” in 1966 on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip memorialized by Stephen Stills in his “For What’s It’s Worth,” Canned … Continue reading Our Police, Or Others Policing Us?

A Lynching: The Story, the Press, and Maybe the Truth

This is from a PowerPoint I created to use in my classroom. I was going to present it this spring when classes suddenly went online and I changed my syllabus completely. The events of this past week made me return to it, particularly the horrific killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a killing that would … Continue reading A Lynching: The Story, the Press, and Maybe the Truth