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Racing On the Gridiron

February 2, 2016

As American history goes, the ugly head of racism showing up never surprises me. At this stage of.my life, I wait for it to enter. The 50th Super Bowl is as good a place as any. The old character of these United States are as in play today as it was when I was born […]

A Bubbling Ferguson in DC

August 26, 2014

I watched and listened to a host of political pundits opining on the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of Michael Brown and the citizen unrest in the aftermath. Many issues previously swept under the rug have re-appeared as usual. Of course, I’m sick of the repeat performances and delay in justice; but what’s pervaded my subconscious […]

You’ve Just BeenTruth-Smacked

April 30, 2014

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night. On the facts of race in America, I’ve heard the truth twisted and contorted. This is not a new phenomenon, but lately, this phenomenon is in an enhanced state. The only straightening salve has been the horse’s mouth. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen […]

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. […]

Never Failing to Find Failure

February 5, 2014

I’ve been admonishing the “public” in National Public Radio for a long time.  As a national vehicle, the premise of a straight-forward news reporting entity for the entire nation is a grand idea.  Being supported by public dollars is also icing on the cake.  Unfortunately, both premises are a fallacy when it comes to NPR.  […]

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, […]

Why White Santa Is Important

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to all of those who are still clinging to the images of American tradition that so warmed our hearts as children of the Baby Boom era.  As toddlers, we were taught the mainstream method to celebrate Christmas, thus “how to be American.” Just last week, Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly thought it necessary […]

The Richie Incognito Apology Tour

November 17, 2013

I opined on the issue of Richie Incognito’s suspension from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins on yesterday’s show. Incognito went on Fox Sports to give a rationale for his untoward conduct toward at least one particular teammate.  The issue of racism fell at the center of the rift.  Incognito blamed the culture, the object of his […]

Our Own Worst Enemy

October 16, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd I’m trying not to get consumed by the day-to-day antics of the 2013 government shutdown, but I’m a “politics junkie.”  I want to stay apprised of the next dumbfounding Republican offer to end the shutdown.  In all of the antics, I continue […]

Romanticizing Mandela

June 26, 2013

The Other Side of the Tracks: A Socially Speaking commentary by Perry Redd   The watch is on as former South African President Nelson Mandela’s reaches his twilight. Mandela is now in critical condition and the end is near. Mandela’s condition worsened in the past 24 hours.  We know what time it is. Humanly, we prepare […]