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The Difference with White Bullets

December 1, 2015

In the land of “exceptionalism” where justice and equality are core principles, the question of the hour is, does America play favorites…pick “winners and losers?” In light of the heightened awareness of the country’s racism—and the resistance to accept that as a fact—I’m compelled to highlight the bold-faced contradictions that this country—my country—is spoon-feeding and […]

When the Southern Border Really Hurts You

August 25, 2015

I’m really amazed to have reached my 51st birthday today. My life has dodged many bullets—and I mean bullets. I was born in Washington, DC and raised in and around DC during some of the years when DC was known as “the murder capital of the United States.” I lived in and through the culture […]

Bullies of the Mind and Body

December 2, 2014

There’s a reason why I just can’t kumbaya with police. They’re bullies. No, I can’t speak for any one police officer, but law enforcement, as an institution, give me reason—time after time—to dislike, distrust and disdain them. The Michael Brown shooting has simply exposed many of the elements of that disdain that most of us […]

No Rug to Sweep Blame Under

April 9, 2014

Guess what’s new? It sure isn’t mass shootings…yes, we have another episode of senseless gun violence that has taken a few more innocent Americans. Again, progressive-minded Americans are immobilized into silence because the gun lobby is holding a gulliotine over everyone’s head. When we will get enough of this madness…and do something? One of the […]

Denying Fear Is Fateful

February 12, 2014

We’re at another epoch in American history.  It’s not one that will be well-documented nor will it rest in the bosom of museums in future decades.  This era will be forever entrenched in the hearts and minds of mothers, black mothers who have had to bury their black sons because white males lived in fear. […]

New Year Doesn’t Mean New Attitudes

January 10, 2014

A new year brings a false sense of “newness” that we’ve grown accustomed to in American culture.  That’s something shared, whether Black or white.  It’s one of the few culture-centric values that has no division.  Then there’s criminal justice; the divide is wide and partially weighted in terms of pro and con.  If you’re white, […]

Only Smart for Some

November 6, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks commentary from Socially Speaking by Perry Redd Oh snap!  You ought to be suspicious…a Republican is introducing a bill to bring about fairness—in the justice arena, no less!  We’ve been watching poor and Black Americans sentenced to lengthy terms for little of nothing  for the past 40 years, and […]

Justice Not Applicable

November 6, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd What I want is for people to go to jail…why?  Because “corporations are people, my friend.”  Oh, now you’ve got selective amnesia.  When Mitt Romney said that during the 2012 presidential election, you were all for the new mantra for capitalism.  So […]

Far Beneath the Arc of Justice

August 13, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks Commentary August 13, 2013 by Perry Redd The US is facing massive overcrowding in its prisons according to Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department. This has been a fact for at least two decades. This is why we use the term “revolving door” in prisons. Now he […]

Politicians of Convenience

August 7, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks Commentary by Perry Redd August 7, 2013 I’ve been watching the early stages of our city’s race to replace our current mayor, Vincent Gray. We’ve got a slew of early petitioners for the seat. They all seem to look the same: anti-people, pro-corporation, anti-Black, pro-gentrification, though one candidate is […]