In Los Angeles in 2014-2016, the Black Lives Matter Movement folks we’ve come to know and love seem hell-bent on disruption of municipal and county meetings as a strategy (although at best, disruption can only be a tactic, not a strategy).
The politics of staying in it
Now that Dr. Ben Carson has hit the inevitable brick wall we all knew was waiting for him and there seems to be no other political rump-shakers out there but Mr. Trump, along comes a spider of recognition—there is a Willie L. Wilson, D.D., on the ballot for the presidential nomination in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Yes, he is African American.
What happened to Chi-Raq?
In what seemed like a ‘straight to video’ situation, Spike Lee’s most recent film, “Chi-Raq,” came and went in theaters so fast that most never even knew it was out. Compared to “Straight Outta Compton,” which
The politics of multigenerational leadership
Last week, Thursday to be exact, President Barack Obama pulled off another extraordinary event for a supposed lame duck—he had a White-House meeting with a 15-person-strong group of civil rights
The politics of helping somebody
During this 21st century, particularly during this Decade of the African Diaspora, and the 2015-2016
The politics of concussions in football
In the new movie, “Concussion,” Will Smith gives a remarkable performance as Dr. Bennett Omalu, a brilliantly-educated (Sidney Poitier-like) forensic pathologist who reluctantly concludes that football is causing serious head trauma and disease, and he has to speak out about it in spite of gargantuan opposition and hostility.
The Politics of being number one
This week, as Serena Williams begins anew her quest to win the tennis Grand Slam,
The politics of ‘MisMatch Theory’
A few weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia used the “Mismatch Theory of Affirmative Action” to question the position of the University of Texas attorney arguing for the use of race as one of several factors in admitting students to that school.
The politics of Black QBs
It was interesting watching the 2015 version of the Army-Navy football game a few Saturdays ago. By game time, it had already been announced that the Heisman Trophy voting had already begun, and Navy's brilliant quarterback, Keenan Reynolds, who should have been on the ballots, would not be. Still, here was the Navy Midshipmen team, with its senior Black quarterback of four years, and Army's Black Knights, with its freshman Black quarterback, just getting started.
The politics of grateful microracisms
By this second decade of the 21st century, it remains an intellectual oddity that although scholars