Socially Speaking's Blog
The Other Side of the Tracks blog by Word Press

Posts Tagged ‘dc

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 […]

Minimalizing Insanity

June 11, 2014

The need for mental health facilities is growing to levels of the greatest necessity in the past 50 years but not because of mass shootings of late. No. The baseless defense of “mental health” increases conservative Libertarians’ propaganda as the answer to making a healthier America, but the premise doesn’t apply exclusively to guns…add the […]

Suspecting the Usual Savior

June 4, 2014

Once again, the voices are sad and pitiful; and once again the voices of hope are inarticulate and unlearned. Yet another hardluck story for public consumption placed before us by the spawns of NPR. More relevant is the fact that the story of poverty is being told by the very perpetuators of the sad condition. […]

Gentrifier Beware

May 13, 2014

Just imagine: someone walks into your house—uninvited. That alone is enough to make you go off…but then they push you out of your easy chair, smack your wife on the behind and tell her to go get you a beer out of your refrigerator, tell your dog to fetch your slippers for him. Then grabs […]

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 […]

We Cannot Walk Backward Through History

August 28, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks Commentary by Perry Redd I was set to give this speech before my fellow Washingtonians on the day of the 50th Anniversary commemorating the March on Washington. Disappointingly, I didn’t get to give it, but the words are still relevant and thus, I share with you: Here we stand […]

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 […]

Thieves In the Temple

July 12, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary July 12, 2011 By Perry Redd There’s a constituency of Americans who are not being served by their elected leaders with the degree of integrity vowed to by those leaders. I’d like to think that I can pin this occurrence down to my hometown, but unfortunately, […]

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 […]