If there was one thing I took away from my high school civics class was that America was a democracy, brilliantly constructed by men who were determined that under no circumstances could this country become an autocracy or a monarchy. The system of checks and balances was perfect in my mind. The three branches of… Read More Mourning the Loss of a Democracy That Never Was
I grew up believing in the American political system and was comforted by my civics lessons which taught me that our governmental structure protected our country from becoming a dictatorship. The three branches of government, with the system of “checks and balances” built in, were put there by Founding Fathers, who had seen first-hand what… Read More The Screeching Silence of GOP Lawmakers
I am an African American woman who has studied the history of racism in this country, has watched the products of systemic racism ruin lives, from black and brown and poor children getting inferior educations, to the continued slaughter of unarmed black people by law enforcement officers, to qualified black people being passed over for… Read More The Spirit of America, Compromised
The antics and behavior that are coming out of the White House are disturbing on many levels, but one of the most troubling is that it feels like this country is moving toward becoming an autocratic state. A survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust, architect Stephen Jacobs, said in a recent interview… Read More Is America’s Democracy in Trouble?
Watching what is going on now in our country is at once fascinating and terrifying. I thought I knew what “patriotism” meant. I thought that an American patriot put America first, truly, including the tenets of its US Constitution. Being a patriot for me never meant that a person was anti-racist or anti-sexist, or was,… Read More On Patriotism