Daily Archives: January 16, 2018

Shithole in the Act – By Leonard Dabydeen

Shithole in the Act – By Leonard Dabydeen

(An Experimental satirical Sonnet in iambic pentameter, written in Caribbean-style local (creole) English and standard English – based on the de facto current political events in America.)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-trump-shitholes-huppke-20180111-story.html

 

What this President say ‘bout yuh country

That it’s a shithole and yuh come from dat,

Is  but a racist gaffe for yuh and me;

And this is how he thinks, no matter what.

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U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for ‘Whitewashing’ King’s Legacy

U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for ‘Whitewashing’ King’s Legacy

Martin Luther King – Jan 15, 1983 when that date became a national Holiday

“MLK is celebrated only by ignoring and deleting his core beliefs: that real social progress was impossible without ending imperialism, militarism, and economic inequality.”

“Modern day Republicans and Democrats often speak as if they love King, even as they excoriate the real heirs to his legacy: the Black Lives Matter activists and other social justice warriors who fight for racial and economic liberation.”
—Steven Thrasher,    The Guardian

Mr. President, Your Toga Is Showing Christopher Buckley | The New York Times

Mr. President, Your Toga Is Showing

Christopher Buckley | The New York Times

President Trump’s assertion of his “genius,” athwart recent reporting that his inner circle describes him in somewhat different terms — “moron”, “idiot”, “like a child” — along with concerns about his mental health, awakened a dormant memory of a scene in the 1970s TV adaptation of Robert Graves’s classic novel of ancient Rome, “I, Claudius.”

The Emperor Caligula, played to deranged and very scary perfection by John Hurt, tells his uncle Claudius: “I’m simply undergoing a change. It’s the most momentous transformation that any human being has ever achieved.”    Continue reading

Beyond Race: 8 Other Important Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kevin Matthews | Care2

Beyond Race: 8 Other Important Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kevin Matthews | Care2

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on January 21, 2013. Enjoy!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his leadership in the crusade for racial equality. And while that plight alone would be worthy of several holidays, the truth is that Dr. King’s calls for justice went well beyond skin color. Those who use MLK Day merely as an opportunity to pat themselves on the back for the racial progress this country has made are missing the larger picture. Yes, we’ve elected an African American president, but King’s work is still far from done. To honor King’s legacy, let’s reflect on some of the less-remembered lessons he shared:      Continue reading

The Freedom Riders of 1961: We Shall Overcome! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Freedom Riders of 1961: We Shall Overcome! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The next time you sit in a train or ride the buses in America, or even enjoy a walk in the park you should think of a group of brave persons called the Freedom Riders. Their acts helped to hasten the Civil Rights movement in the United States and to make it possible for all races to sit and eat together and to use public transportation without discrimination. The Freedom Riders movement had its genesis in 1947.

It was in that year that the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) conducted a Journey of Reconciliation, the purpose of which was to direct attention to racial segregation in public transportation.

READ MORE:  The Freedom Riders of 1961 – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

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