Category Archives: Justice

Movies: facing the past.

On Tuesday, I saw Hidden Figures, about three African-American women who fought bigotry and misogyny to become important figures at NASA. It’s a great movie, and a story that needs to be told. And, like Selma, I found it difficult … Continue reading

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The sound of breaking glass.

Perhaps I am naive, but I don’t worry too much about our country indulging in mass killings of Muslims by the the government. We are not Nazi Germany. I could be wrong, of course: if you had told me fifteen … Continue reading

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F*** you, too, Brownie.

[Warning: as can be guessed by the title, this post contains strong language.] Ten years ago, I was telling my friends that people in the Gulf Coast were using “the C-word”: Camille. Growing up in Florida, the refrain you always … Continue reading

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To my foremothers

The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted August … Continue reading

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Over fifty years after the fact, Pinellas County rejects Brown v. Board of Education.

Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments….it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his … Continue reading

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A probably underappreciated act of courage.

James Holmes, who shot up an Aurora, Colorado movie theater a couple of years ago, escaped the death penalty this week. The jury could not unanimously agree that he should be executed. The jury hung because of one juror. One … Continue reading

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We failed him.

The first execution of 2015 happened on January 12. Georgia put to death a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. He had no prior criminal record, and danced around the street yelling “Shoot me!” before pulling out a rifle and killing a … Continue reading

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A white woman looks at Selma. For what it’s worth.

[Yes, there are one or two spoilers for Selma in this post. Also, before you comment, please read the entire post.] Last week a friend and I went to see Selma. She grew up in the South, as I did, … Continue reading

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Social justice music.

I am listening to The Voice. This week I have purchased two singles, “Redemption Songs,” sung by Anita Antoinette (my favorite performer still on the show) and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” performed by Damien. I chose hymns. How … Continue reading

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” It is almost as if Plaintiff ’s counsel chose the opinion by throwing long range darts at the Federal Reporter…”

 Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp. (147F Supp. 2d 668 (S.D. Tex. 2001)) just may be the most entertaining court ruling I have ever read. I am making a spectacle of myself in Starbucks as I giggle, snort, and laugh outright at … Continue reading

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Intersectionality.

In a post following the protests in Ferguson, I talked about my friend’s rules for shopping as an African-American male.  I finally began to emotionally (rather than intellectually) relate to his experience when I began mapping them onto the “rules” … Continue reading

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Owning my privilege.

C., a friend whom I knew from church, is someone I would want my kids to be like.  He attended an Ivy League school, dresses conservatively, and holds down a very nice job at a tech company. He is also … Continue reading

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Religious tolerance for me but not for thee.

Support for religion only exists for fundamentalist Conservative Christian believers, it seems. Last month, Operation Save America  terrorists activists surrounded and invaded a Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana. They screamed at the congregants that they were hell-bound baby killers. It’s … Continue reading

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I have been worried about the increasing influence of churches in America in the past few years.  This may seem odd, since religion — particularly Christianity, particularly Protestantism — has always had some level of influence in America. I find … Continue reading

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Criminally Minded.

I’m watching 48 Hours, a show I almost never watch.  I am usually quite skeptical of shows dissecting unpopular acquittals in criminal cases.  Often such shows are simplistic and sensationalistic.  The television producers take a single case, present as much … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the death penalty.

I have written before about my opinions about capital punishment, namely that it is morally indefensible. It turns out that more and more people are agreeing with me, such as the state legislature of Maryland. Earlier this year, in a … Continue reading

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I was wrong.

I have written about Aaron Schwarz before, both his original arrest and his suicide. I should have just talked to the Red-Headed Menace.  He had not been paying attention to the case, and when I talked to him on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Loving my neighbor.

I have been thinking the past few days about the Bible.  In particular, about the phrase “love your neighbor as yourself.”  I have heard far too many people say this who clearly have no idea of what it means. For … Continue reading

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The Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman verdict is in.  It should not have surprised anyone, really:  whatever issues Florida has in the legal treatment of whites and minorities aside, the prosecution did not do a particularly good job at disproving Zimmerman’s … Continue reading

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Sad. So sad.

In July, 2011, I wrote about the Aaron Swartz case.  It was with sadness that I read that Aaron Swartz had committed suicide. From all I have read, Swartz was a sweet guy.  He was only twenty-six, having done more … Continue reading

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