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The above picture is outrageously racist and speaks volumes.

So does this equally anarchistic one.


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Anyone who has a beating heart and is astute should be conscious of the fact that debates over free speech, cultural appropriation, intolerance, and numerous other controversies that are covered by the umbrella term “cancel culture” have insinuated themselves deeply into the fabric of our current culture over the past few years. In fact, as this year ends, one could argue that 2020 could (and may very well) go down in history as the year in which cancel culture came to a head. Television pundits, op-ed columnists, authors, students, academics (including myself), attorneys, other professionals, politicians, ministers, entertainers, plain Janes, average Joes, and many more have weighed in on the issue. Indeed, for many observers, proponents as well as opponents, the assumption is that the various disruptions that have plagued every quarter of our society were caused by this insidious practice. …


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Now that the 2020 election has concluded, there has been no shortage of commentary on how things played out: It was good for Republicans and bad for Democrats. The Grand Old Party (GOP) has become thoroughly Trumpified. The majority of Democratic voters rejected progressive policies. There was voter fraud in liberal districts. There was voter fraud in conservative districts. Trump voters are delusional. The pollsters are pathetically inept. White women still supported Trump more than the polls let on. Latino voters are more conservative than they are given credit for. More and more Black voters are rejecting the Democratic party and its policies. The election results are a warning for the Democratic party. President Trump has still not conceded and probably has something up his sleeve. …


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We have finally reached election eve 2020. Given this fact, numerous pundits, politicians, columnists, plain janes and average joes are all weighing in with their analysis. Throughout the election season. Joe Biden and the Democrats have emphasized pluralism and diversity of all stripes — age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, etc. Earlier this summer, California senator Kamala Harris made history by being the first woman of color to accept a nomination for vice president of the United States of America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaWPhzCcoo).

The message Biden and his fellow Democrats have sent to the country is that the America that he and Kamala Harris will preside over would be one of fairness and inclusion, where people from all walks of life would be welcomed, embraced, and treated with dignity and respect. Donald Trump and the Republicans have presided over an administration that has relied upon racism, imperialism, nationalism, virtue signaling, xenophobia, tribalism, embracing authoritarianism and a deliriously dangerous dose of fear and paranoia. …


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We have finally reached election eve 2020. Given this fact, numerous pundits, politicians, columnists, plain janes, and average joes are all weighing in with their analysis. Throughout the election season. Joe Biden and the Democrats have emphasized pluralism and diversity of all stripes — age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, etc. Earlier this summer, California senator Kamala Harris made history by being the first woman of color to accept a nomination for vice president of the United States of America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaWPhzCcoo).

The message Biden and his fellow Democrats have sent to the country is that the America that he and Kamala Harris will preside over would be one of fairness and inclusion, where people from all walks of life would be welcomed, embraced, and treated with dignity and respect. Donald Trump and the Republicans have presided over an administration that has relied upon racism, imperialism, nationalism, virtue signaling, xenophobia, tribalism, embracing authoritarianism and a deliriously dangerous dose of fear and paranoia. …


“The Fire This Time” — By Professor Omari Simmons of Wake Forest School of Law

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Image of book cover courtesy of author and The University of Chicago Press

The following book review was written by omariscottsimmons, Director of Business Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, and is reposted here with permission…

How did we get here? Racial unrest across the country, a new virus crippling the nation’s health, an anemic economy, and extreme political divisions are shaking our democratic foundations.

Elwood Watson’s, Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America, helps to answer this vexing question. Written before the death of George Floyd, and the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is prescient and illustrates how we got to this moment of inflection and social strife.

This brilliantly written, intellectually honest essay collection examines the complex manifestations of race in the contemporary context.

Keepin’ It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America by Elwood David Watson (The University of Chicago…


Black Women Still Marginalized by Extreme Violence

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Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash

Yesterday’s deleterious decision in the Breonna Taylor case was vexing, to say the least.

A grand jury empaneled in Kentucky failed to indict any of the involved white male police officers for murder of the late EMT — an essential worker amid the pandemic — via dozens of shots fired inside her Southside Louisville apartment.

As you know by now, the murder of 26-year-old Breonna Talyor occurred after plain clothes policemen shockingly busted into her home during the early morning hours, as she and her boyfriend were sleeping.

The failure by the grand jury to effectuate justice leaves the Black community in Kentucky and nationwide reeling with the hopeless feeling that Taylor was effectively murdered twice: first, by trigger happy and reckless white policemen; and second, by a blatantly racist judicial system that treats African Americans as second class citizens. …


Debunking common myths and examining academic history

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Photo by Analise Benevides on Unsplash

Over the past several months, there have been numerous discussions surrounding the issue of race in America and COVID-19. Both topics have been at the forefront of public discourse.

Notably, despite all the attention given to online teaching, potential teaching loads, budget restrictions, free speech and the issue of race itself (as it relates to higher education), not as much discussion has been devoted to the impact of ethnic studies programs within the current academic environment.

The perennial issues that routinely plague such units, such as reluctant institutional commitment, chronic lack of funding, resistant and apprehensive students, and perceptions of unhinged radicalism among the faculty and students involved in the discipline, are undeniable. …


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Now that both political parties have concluded their conventions, pundits, politicians, columnists, plain janes, and average joes are all weighing in with their analyses. Joe Biden and the Democrats emphasized pluralism and diversity of all stripes — age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, etc. California senator Kamala Harris made history by being the first woman of color to accept her party’s nomination for Vice President of the United States of America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaWPhzCcoo). …


This past weekend, Bill Maher, host of the quasi political/entertainment program HBO Real Time with Bill Maher had renowned Black intellectual and ordained Baptist minister Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and rapper Ice Cube as guests.They discussed the controversy that erupted on the May 31 edition of the program when Maher flippantly referred to himself as a “house nigger” in an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

The senator had been invited to the program to discuss his book on what he sees as the increasing problem on prolonged adolescence occurring in American society. Sasse and Maher agreed on the issue and provided examples and suggestions on how to rectify the problem. …

About

Elwood Watson, Ph.D.

Historian, public speaker, social-cultural critic. Professor of African American and Gender Studies, Post-WWII U.S. History, at East Tennessee State University.

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