What if we said that on paper and on principle, America is exceptional, but in practice, we have a little more work to do? The sparring that has been going on since Russian president Vladimir Putin questioned the concept of “American exceptionalism” has caused this writer some deep thought. Certainly, it is good to be… Read More On American Exceptionalism
I listened to Rick Santorum today bow out of the GOP race to capture the nomination for president of the United States, and was uncomfortable. His speech was eloquent and sensitive to many wonderful Americans who helped make his campaign special for him. He spoke with genuine tenderness and love for “ordinary Americans” who had… Read More “American Exceptionalism” Questioned
Martin Luther King wrote in 1964 that although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War had been won for the Union, “there was not a just peace. Equality had never arrived.” And still, equality hasn’t. King, in his introduction to Why We Can’t Wait wrote that “Negroes were with George Washington… Read More Making it In Spite of and Not Because Of
Something hit me the other day. Racism is as American as is apple pie. That “apple pie” phrase has always had power when it has come to describing what America is about, hasn’t it? Baseball is American. Hot dogs are American. Democracy is American …and racism is American. Our racism bubbles under everything we do,… Read More Racism is as American as Apple Pie
While the country girds up for this 2012 presidential election, I found myself last night thinking of how far America has to go when it comes to her African-American citizens. I was in a roomful of people, primarily African-American. At issue was a discussion of changes that will take place in their neighborhood. A housing… Read More What to Do with African-Americans?