Black people did not free themselves

Facebook friend Greg Newell, who is a former basketball buddy and the son of legendary coach, Pete Newell, posted a video about the allegedly "racist history" of illegal immigration in America. Agree or Disagree? LOL..............but this is pretty on point and a Cliff's Notes version FACTS in OUR Country; whether one wants to dispute it … Continue reading Black people did not free themselves

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My only regret in life is caring

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world were shocked and saddened last week by the news celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life. I have no insight about the personal or career challenges he faced, but it was obvious he was a compassionate and caring human being. Are empathetic people who … Continue reading My only regret in life is caring

Memorial Day 2018: some serve America while most serve themselves

I come from a long line of heroes. I wrote about my great, great grandfather, Robert A. Lower, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor at the Siege of Vicksburg. He was one of 18 survivors from a regiment of 120 union solders who fought to end slavery in America. Black Americans are free today … Continue reading Memorial Day 2018: some serve America while most serve themselves

NFL does the Right Thing and bans protests

Let me be clear — Black Americans suffer discrimination in many ways. My family, such as Robert A. Lower, has been fighting for their human rights for generations. Yesterday, NYC Mayor, Bill De Blasio, directed police to stop arresting people for using cannabis in public. The city nabbed 17,880 people last year for "low-level" marijuana … Continue reading NFL does the Right Thing and bans protests

Kanye is correct that slavery is a choice

Kanye West prides himself on being what he claims is a "free thinker." Earlier this week, the rapper said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice." Kanye's comment wasn't popular with the African American community. Blair L. M. Kelley, professor of history and African-American studies at … Continue reading Kanye is correct that slavery is a choice

Open Letter to Former Republican Family

Families are a beautiful thing. In many ways, family structure is the secret to the success of any community or nation — yet families are also highly dysfunctional and a source of much strife and infighting. Our family is no different. Much love, but great pain as well. Beginning about 1980, my sister, her husband … Continue reading Open Letter to Former Republican Family