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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 […]

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. […]

Fighting For the Right to Kill

June 12, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd   It makes no sense, no matter how you cut it.  Gun rights advocates vehemently fight tooth-to-nail to protect the right to own, carry and use guns, but never fight for the rights of those who want to be protected from the […]

Race Made It’s Own Place

May 1, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary By Perry Redd So, the drama has ended. They got their man…they always do. It’s the “American Way.” The question is, how do they get him? No, I didn’t bring race up again, it just happened. You hear events and then think. You just do. […]

Dreams of A Reason to Commit Treason

February 6, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary February 5, 2013         By Perry Redd It’s time for a party again…even if it‘s a tea party.  The patriots are back, but this time, they’re anything but patriotic.  The gun lobby has sicked its dogs on America. Richard Mack, a gun rights advocate and former […]

Gluttons For Punishment

December 21, 2012

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary December 18, 2012     By Perry Redd   I never want to be accused of “blaming the victim” or attacking the innocent, for by nature, I am a defender of the most vulnerable. We just witnessed yet another horrendous mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that quickly […]

Not Unbelievable

June 21, 2011

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary June 21, 2011 By Perry Redd My country is corrupt.  I posit that it is complicit in the murder and annihilation of my race of people.  I believe they have been inventing ngenious, covert ways to undermine population growth of people of color who may […]

Seeing Isn’t Believing

June 29, 2010

It appears that some people got it all wrong—again. When it comes to the issue of racism, they always will. Their intentions are to get it wrong, and get everyone else wrong as well. I admit, it’s a difficult thing to ask human beings to say that they are wrong. It’s just not hard-wired into our DNA. Yet, that fact of human frailty doesn’t make it right to be wrong.