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What does it mean to be black and patriotic in 21st Century America?

This is the driving question that guides my discussion as I consider the trajectory of black men – of black people overall – in this new American century. I chose the name “Heritage Phenomenon” with the idea that who we are as a community builds upon our collective past. Our past, our present, and our future interplay within a phenomenon of heritage and is critical for interpreting our experience in America because they each harken the aspirational aspect of our racial path here. Please join me in the the discussion.

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National Commemoration of Service and a New Perspective of Black Lives Matter

March 25th was National Medal of Honor Day (MOH), a federal observance commemorating the recipients of our country’s highest honor for giving the highest measure of heroic service and sacrifice.  Enacted by law in December 1861 and first awarded during the Civil War, there are only slightly over 3500 recipients of this medal.  I have … Continue reading National Commemoration of Service and a New Perspective of Black Lives Matter

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – What’s missing

The United States House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (HR 1280), thanks to Representative Karen Bass (D-CA).  Facing an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate, this ambitious legislation notably limits qualified immunity as a defense for those officers liable in egregious abuses of the use of force.  Should … Continue reading The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – What’s missing

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