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They Hate Us

September 24, 2014

I hate to be fatalistic here, but this will likely be the last social commentary I deliver to the general public. This not because I am dying from some horrid terminal illness, nor is it because I am choosing to take my own life, but because I am herein making the grandest accusation of negativity […]

You’re Guilty

September 16, 2014

So it is written, there are two categories of sin: sin by omission and sin by commission. They’re both deplorable. You can debate it until the end of time which is worse, but in the end, sin is still sin. I call it a sin that Americans—especially those born and raised in Washington, DC—the nation’s […]

When You Act Like A Brat

June 19, 2014

I see little kids go off on their parents in retail establishments all the time. I can’t imagine talking back, throwing tantrums or even less, pouting, when my mother would tell me anything when I was a kid. I think that far too seldom, American kids don’t receive adequate and appropriate discipline from their caretakers […]

Between a Rock and the Impossible

September 9, 2013

“The Other Side of the Tracks”  a Socially Speaking commentary  by Perry Redd For President Barack Obama, doing the right thing can be made to look like the crime of the century, which he’s probably on the brink of committing.  The tragedy which is Syria is again, playing out of the favor of the middle-of-the-road […]

Making Policy On the Fly

December 7, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary December 6, 2011 By Perry Redd   You wanna talk about improbable?  I was going back over my commentary from May of this year.  I am not going to eat my words, but they are a bit haunting right about now.  Do you remember what […]

As A Condition of Your Freedom

September 6, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary September 6, 2011 By Perry Redd As the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 approaches, we are constantly reminded of two things: safety and freedom.  The narrative is that if we are kept safe, then we can enjoy freedom.  I venture […]

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 Last Word On Tucson

January 18, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary January 18, 2010 By Perry Redd The shooting in Tucson is over.  The victims have been honored and the country has mourned.  There has been tons of commentary and analysis in the week since.  A week of finger-pointing, blame-shifting and responsibility-dodging.  The facts have been […]

Controlled Amnesia

January 4, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary January 4, 2010 By Perry Redd Now that the Republicans own one chamber of Congress and weakened the majority of the Democrats in the Senate, they are cocky as hell.  They want to reverse all of the gains that the Democrats have made in the […]

Shadows On One Side of the Tree

September 7, 2010

I truly believe that lawmakers and law enforcers should be held to the highest degree of scrutiny and accountability. Ethics panels and oversight investigations are fully necessary to ensure that our interests, as taxpayers and citizens, are protected and that those we select and elect aren’t abusing the power we hand to them. The current investigations into wrongdoing and allegations are commendable, on it’s face. But what I’ve noticed is that white people do now wrong. Is that right? White people “do no wrong?” From the apparent congressional ethics investigations happening right now, I’m right.