Understandably, millions of people across the world were elated by the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the death of George Floyd. For almost a year, the world has been painfully anticipating the verdict, hoping for the justice that prevailed on April 20th when Chauvin was found guilty on all…


The coroner’s report that was released to the public on October 12th confirmed that Gabby Petitto died by strangulation (https://ph.news.yahoo.com/gabby-petito-autopsy-results-wyoming-homicide-brian-laundrie-183441392.html). To be sure, the murder of Gabby Petitto was a tragedy. She was the victim of a senseless homicide. One can only imagine the mental anguish and heartbreak her family…


On September 23rd, democratic party members of the Congressional Black Caucus, held a press conference discussing their outrage at the events that transpired at the U.S. Border regarding Haitian immigrants https://youtu.be/FLTuQ_Q6Mjo seeking to obtain political and residential asylum here in America. They also made their disgust toward the Biden administration’s…


Depending on who you ask, Ashli Babbitt was either a freedom fighter or terrorist. This dichotomy of views tends to take place along political lines. Ms. Babbitt, who was a 35 year-old Air Force veteran, and QAnon and MAGA Trump supporter, lost her life during the violent insurrectionist siege that…


As if White right-wing extremists weren’t unhinged enough, on August 10th, the U.S. Census Bureau released its most recent data that demonstrated that while Whites are still the largest ethnic group in the nation, paradoxically, the percentage of Whites in the United States has fallen almost 10% since 2010. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/08/12/census-data-race-ethnicity-neighborhoods/?tid=ss_tw)


Amy Cooper, also known as “Central Park Karen,” the former New York City investment banker who threatened to call the NYPD on fellow park attendee Christian Cooper (no relation) for requesting that she place her dog on a leash in May 2020, was back in the news earlier this week…


“This is my alma mater.” “I love the university” … it was embarrassing to be the first person to be denied tenure. …


It was to be expected (at least if you live in present-day America) that Gwen Berry would become the target of invective from millions of Americans outraged by the fact that she refused to salute the national anthem http://a.msn.com/02/en-us/AALvonX?ocid=st. Berry is a hammer thrower who participated in the U.S. Olympic…


If you are over 35 and have not been hiding under a gigantic rock infested with mold, you are familiar with the term Generation X. The 46 million Americans born between 1965 and 1980. The men and women who were referred to as latchkey kids, slackers, caffeine lovers, grunge, indie…


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Elwood Watson, Ph.D.

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The promotional material for Marc DiPaolo’s Fake Italian touts it as a book that reads like something co-written by Lenny Bruce and James Joyce, and that is a fair starting point for…

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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