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Follow the Dots of Exploitation

December 4, 2013

The time is here; two of the six Walmarts slated for DC are set to open tomorrow.  I’ll be there, but not as a consumer.  I’ll be standing—protesting—in opposition to the store and more importantly, what the store stands for: exploitation.  Not that capitalism isn’t exploitative on it’s own, just that Walmart expands the definition […]

The Golden Arch of the Universe Bends Toward Injustice

November 6, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks commentary from Socially Speaking  by Perry Redd I’ve spent time talking and educating extensively on my radio Socially Speaking, about Walmart and its low wages, it’s resistance to cover its employees with health benefits and a host of other dishonorable workplace practices, but here I want focus on another […]

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 […]

Watch Who You Call Qualified

June 17, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd   Since the current news cycle is going bonkers over the NSA leak scandal, I have to put it in an Other Side of the Tracks perspective.  I’ll justly focus on our chief spy agency, the NSA, and their hiring of Ed […]

No Thanks For the Motivation

May 21, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks, A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd Once again, the President is playing the tune of indifference, the tune of disconcern, the tune of white men.  He is definitely a president like all others.  The previous 43 presidents were white males, and so is this one.  “Nobody cares how […]

One Is A Hundred

November 28, 2012

November 27, 2012  by Perry Redd   Most Americans were unconcerned about the efforts to garner and renew the respect of Walmart workers.  Some Americans asked, “What’s wrong with Walmart? I like Walmart!”  The protests on Black Friday were not designed to end capitalism or crush Walmart, though some in the media attempted to portray it […]

The Crtic’s Corner

August 28, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary August 23, 2011 By Perry Redd   For Republicans, campaign season is in full swing.  And swinging, they are—for the fences.  Each candidate, as if on cue, takes a swing at their potential opponent, President Barack Obama.  Whether it’s Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts […]

Immigration In Your Back Yard

July 6, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary July 5, 2011 By Perry Redd What are you all going to do when you find that the thing you hate is in your back yard? What I’ve come to learn is that with conservative ideology, many of the social and economic positions taken, like […]

The Tale of One City

June 8, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary June 7, 2011 By Perry Redd   I am witnessing an ethnic cleansing as sure as I am alive.  I’ve read about the native American, the Jews of eastern Europe and apartheid South Africa.    I’ve seen Kosovo, Myanmar and Tibet in my lifetime.  I see […]

The Very Recent War On Us

February 22, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary February 22, 2010 By Perry Redd I wrote a song a few years back that I never really warmed up to, until I recorded it.  It was written while I sat behind the walls of a federal prison.  It was fueled by the reality of, […]