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TikTok Wars, Crafted Media Images, and Suspension of Belief

While the Western world gleefully cheers about the Ukrainians and their fight against the Russians and excuses Ukrainian perpetuation of racism, I would like to know how many within the West are also willing to share in the suffering as this tragic situation escalates to possible nuclear war. Putin will not stop until a much … Continue reading TikTok Wars, Crafted Media Images, and Suspension of Belief

Contextualizing January 6th: Patriotism, Race, and the Politics of Grievance

“When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent. The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny that it exists.“ Isaac Asimov Patriotism in 21st Century America In its simplest and purest form, patriotism is a strong identification and connection with the country and individuals who strongly identify as patriotic embrace a … Continue reading Contextualizing January 6th: Patriotism, Race, and the Politics of Grievance

Remembrance and Origin Stories: Why Analyze the Black Patriotic Tradition

I have shared previously that I am currently climbing my metaphorical mountain to complete my doctorate.  Yesterday, I submitted the draft of my dissertation proposal – a project I had been working on since June.  As I am sure many of you have experienced, last night I felt relief and joy with accomplishing one more … Continue reading Remembrance and Origin Stories: Why Analyze the Black Patriotic Tradition

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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