Category Archives: Politics

Election Year: Substance versus Symbols

In five months Americans will elect their next president. I will not make any predictions regarding the victor. Life has taught me the value of taking a wait and see approach to such matters. But with our currently heightened racial tensions I am keenly aware of how politicians are addressing this moment. Last week Joe […]

August 07

Let’s Get It Started:Countdown to the 2016 Presidential Election

Last night the first debate with the Republican presidential candidates took place, aired and hosted by FOX News. I wanted to watch most of it, initially tuning in about thirty minutes after the debate began. But  as soon as my Salvadorena adopted mother heard Donald Trump’s attacks on Latino immigrants-a strategy that is sadly working […]

July 26

Aware But Not Immersed:Coping With Repetitive Negativity In the Media

Another week, another hashtag. There was a time when I eagerly latched on to any narrative that dominated my timelines, particularly those which related to race relations in my country. But when news of the latest outrage erupts online I now caution myself to stop, breathe and take some time to think. I don’t see […]

GOP Dreams: On Stephen A. Smith and The Allegiance of AA Voters

Last week popular ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith made interesting comments regarding the allegiance African-Americans have to the Democratic Party and his wish that they would switch to the GOP. Though he’s not the first to state this, he engages in some of the same historical amnesia that others display on this issue. In this […]

Inner City Blues

Earlier this week, I participated in a discussion that really unnerved me. The discussion revolved around comments that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made regarding the American people. As other members of the forum chimed in and agreed with Governor Christie, slamming entitlements and vilifying those who received them as lazy, I could feel my blood […]

All Men

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. As an American I have always felt such pride on the words of the United States Declaration of Independence and the […]