What Obama and Sanders can do to keep “the Bern” alive while helping Clinton

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to discuss “where do we go now” following the primaries and caucuses in California and five other states. Shortly thereafter, he endorsed Hillary Clinton, in a paid video by the Clinton campaign. In the announcement, the president said that the differences…

The Ferguson dilemma: When keeping up appearances is not enough

A recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that described the way that the small St. Louis County municipality of Pagedale was condemning inhabited, livable houses and levying fines for petty housing code violations. A subsequent editorial  drew an explicit line between this practice and the over-reliance on revenue generated by traffic violations which was…

Black power can only do so much to solve our racial problems

One of the interesting differences between the discord following the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore is to what extent African-Americans are full participants in the police and justice system in each community. In Ferguson, justice was certainly delayed, if not denied, because of a white power structure that did not…

I’ve lost my handgun virginity

Last week, I fired a handgun for the first time in my life. And for those of you hoping to learn that my experience transformed me from a gun-phobe to a gun-lover: Sorry. I never want to do that again. My 20 minutes at the firing range were part of the nine-week Citizens’ Police Academy…

President Obama should apologize for using the T-word

President Obama has repeatedly exhibited key characteristics of a strong leader. He is decisive when necessary; reflective when appropriate, and clear in his vision for the United States and the world. One attribute that he has not presented is the ability to apologize when he says or does something that he later regrets. Such an…

MO Supreme Court closes Ferguson’s kangaroo court: Who’s next?

As many people around the country have recently learned, if you want a fair shake, don’t get ensnared in the legal system of Ferguson, Missouri. The recent DOJ report laid bare not just the institutional racism of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as that municipality’s “revenue-by- cop” scheme for financing city services; it also…

Canfield Gardens

Holder’s Justice Department Report offers credibility on Ferguson

From the moment that Michael Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson, it’s been virtually impossible to get credible and reliable information about what actually happened August 9, 2014 on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MO. That came to an end on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 when the U.S. Department of Justice issued “Department of…