The 50th Anniversary of the "I have a dream speech": many are afraid to walk into the cauldron of controversy and engage on the issues these days

From Occupy Bob/San Franciso Food for thought: We’ve all seen the recent series of photos of Syrians, mostly children, lying dead or dying, limbs contorting from the neurological effects of nerve gas. Alongside these videos we hear that the US has determined that the Assad government is responsible. Cut. End of story. Superman to the […]

The Zimmerman Trial Jurors, Obama, and the Invisibility of Racism

First, a little personal story that helps to illustrate how racism can be so pervasive as to escape notice. A faculty colleague of mine at Ohio University where I was a Visiting Professor for a year told me a story about a brain tumor that he had when he was much younger. This was back […]

Obama’s Failing Education Agenda

In the 2008 presidential election, I cast a symbolic vote for Barack Obama. I would have eagerly done the same for Hillary Clinton. I believed deeply in the need to confront the lingering and corrosive racism and sexism that haunt the promise of democracy and equity that the U.S. represents (but has yet to achieve). […]

Race To Utopia: How A Public Servant Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Market

No Child Left Behind just celebrated its tenth anniversary: while educators, children and parents have generally loathed the landmark signature legislation, and while studies have shown that it has failed to improve learning despite its immense cost,  NCLB’s free-market policies – high-stakes standardized testing, and school closures for “losers” – are the undisputed status quo […]

Palestinian Statehood: The Bid

This past week, President Barack Obama gave a speech at the 66th gathering of United Nations General Assembly. In part, the speech focused on his attempt to deny the Palestinians their right to U.N. recognized statehood. Obama stated, “I am convinced that there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured […]

The Hijacking of a Dream: The Need to Reclaim Dr. King’s Legacy

  The Hijacking of a Dream: Why We Need to Reclaim Dr. King’s Legacy   By: Solomon Comissiong On August 28, 2011, the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will take place on the National Mall in Washington DC. Having the dedication of this memorial on the 48th anniversary of the March […]

Response to President Obama’s Official Statement on Advancing Israel’s Security and Supporting Peace

By Deppen Webber Dated May 19, 2011, President Obama released this statement on the White House’s official website. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/advancing-israels-security) “For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. Symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September won’t create an independent state. Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if […]