July 29, 2019

            One hundred years ago, starting on July27 and for thirteen more days, Chicago was engulfed in violence.  White mobs wantonly attacked Black people, and Black people fought back.   It started when a Black teenager, swimming in segregated Lake Michigan, drifted to the "wrong" side of the lake.  Whites stoned him, and he drowned.  The Chicago police refused to take action, even though the white man who threw the fatal rock, George Stauber, was identified.  A police officer, Daniel Callahan, declined to arrest the murderous Stauber.   Word of the drowning and police indifference spread...

July 22, 2019

            Mary Turner was lynched on May 19. 1918 because she dared raise her voice. Her husband, Hayes Turner, was among 13 people lynched in two weeks in and around Valdosta, Georgia. The lynchings took place because one brutal white man, who was known to abuse workers so severely that he was only able to attract workers by getting them through the convict labor system, beat the wrong Black man too many times. Sidney Johnson shot and killed the brutal Hampton Smith, and in response the white people of the area started apprehending, beating, and lynching Black men believed to be associated...

July 15, 2019

The first week of July produced a somewhat positive Employment Situation report. While the unemployment rate ticked up just a bit, about 224,000 new jobs were created, nearly three times as many as were created in the tepid previous month. There was, of course, the Administration crowing about the strength of the economy, and with wage growth on the rise, an impassioned outsider might agree that the US economy is doing well.

But too many aren't doing as well as they might, and too many, even with wage growth, aren't making enough money to lie on. Rev. William Barber's Poor People's Campaign say...

            Twenty-four people are running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  From where I sit, at least half of them are only running for exposure, for the Vice-Presidential nod, for Cabinet secretary, to push a platform, or to simply be seen.  Their ambitions have made the process turgid and impractical, often amusing and only sometimes illuminating. 

            The candidates do best when they have time to expound on their ideas, as they did at Rev. William Barber's Poor People's Congress on June 17, or at Rev. Jesse Ja...

            Should Meharry Medical College, a Historically Black College (HBCU) established in 1876 in Nashville, have accepted $7.5 million from Juul Labs, the controversial e-cigarette company that provides an alternative to smoking tobacco?  Meharry says it will use the grant, the second-largest it has ever received, to study public health issues and African Americans, including the health effects of tobacco products.  They will establish a Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health, and, according to its President, Dr. James Hildreth, " begin conducting fully-independent researc...

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