March 9, 2020

Few in these United States had heard of Katherine Johnson, the gifted mathematician who finished high school and college at 18.  How could we know when scientists are often stereotyped as old white men wearing white lab coats, with glasses sliding down their noses? You might not have known unless you'd picked up Margot Lee Shetterly's book (2015), Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, or saw the movie Hidden Figures, which was loosely based on the book.  Thanks to the film, more people know of Katherine Johnson's outstanding work....

February 24, 2020

    Our nation, these United States, is founded on the principles of racism and patriarchy.  They are reflected in our very constitution, where enslaved persons were counted as a fraction of a person, and only men of property were allowed the right to vote.  The filthy inequality at the foundation of this nation has now bubbled up and boiled over, now polluting every aspect of our lives. 

    Patriarchy places men at the center of life, and women at the periphery.  It suggests that women do not matter.  It allows for the subjugation of women when they att...

February 17, 2020

              If you tell me how you spend your money, I can tell you what your values are. You say you are a Christian but neither tithe nor have a church home.  You say support civil rights but have no connection to a civil rights organization.  You love your alma mater never contribute to the place.  Put your money where your mouth is.  Budgets are reflections of values.  Thus, I was unsurprised with the budget our forty-fifth President (also known as “Forty-five”) proposed to Congress on February 10.  His budget - cuts domestic programs, maintains defense spending and targets poor people....

February 10, 2020

Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team.  A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but at what price?  When this happened in December of 2018, there was a national outcry, and the referee was suspended. 

A year later, DeAndre Arnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was told that he would not be able to graduate unless he cut his hair.  He’s been growing h...

February 3, 2020

            More than nine hundred people crowded into the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Washington, DC.  They had gathered to hear Rev. William Barber, the dynamic and prophetic co-leader (with Rev. Liz Theoharis) of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  They came, not only to hear Rev. Barber but also to sing and bond and listen to poor people tell their own stories.

            This late January gathering is one of many that the Poor People's Campaign is having all over the country, le...

January 27, 2020

            Donald John Trump has been impeached, and to let him tell it, that isn’t bothering him, and we’d believe him if he hadn’t posted more than tweets in just one day.  But his persistent overuse of the word “hoax,” both to refer to impeachment and to anything else he doesn’t like (see: climate change), proves otherwise.

45 delivered remarks during a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland but then declined to participate in the scheduled question and answer session afterwards. During his speech, Tr...

January 20, 2020

 In a most unusual endorsement, the New York Times has endorsed both Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) for the Democratic nomination for President.   Apparently, the Editorial Board of the Times disagrees with Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), who allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the Presidency.  I'd love to see the right woman in the White House, but I've been among the many who have wondered openly if, in a polarized and sexist United States, a woman can win both the nomination and the Presidency. 

Though polls are not a definitive...

January 6, 2020

 Democrats started this Presidential campaign season with more than 20 candidates.  Eventually, it dropped to about a dozen, with, so far, only five of those "qualified" to appear on the next debate stage.  But debate performance doesn't seem to matter much. Both Senator Kamala Harris and former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro having had excellent debate performances, and yet they have still dropped out of the race.

             It's a money thing.  With just $9 million in the bank, Senator Harris said she couldn't see her way clear to the nomination given her extremely l...