Hey, folks, nothing like a Thanksgiving Holiday to get juries to finish their business. I’ve read a bunch of articles about both the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the trial of the three people charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. … Continue reading
I’m sorry, but this just makes me angry. A year ago, a black criminal was killed by Seattle police. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, his name was shouted by protesters as an example of our out … Continue reading
Yes, of course, Joe Biden could win the 2020 election. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk, but I do think he could win. Here’s how. I’m going to assume that centrist Republicans who find Trump dangerous will actually vote … Continue reading
Im not alone. That’s the extent of the good news. Tim Burgess, former city council member, Kathleen O’Toole, our police chief during consent decree reforms, The Seattle Times editorial board, and others have gone public with their concerns about the … Continue reading
According to Twitter, Seattle Police are out of control. They’re arresting journalists right and left, harassing everyone they encounter, and relying on crowd control tools when polite conversation would suffice. Prior to creation of the CHAZ/CHOP police-free (but not weapons-free) … Continue reading
Once upon a time, I made an effort to be a card-carrying Democrat. I joined my local legislative district group and attended meetings for a year or so. At the time, I was teaching non-verbal special education kids, so I … Continue reading
It’s really hard for me to write about race. Of course I want to get to a point where race is just an interesting aspect of a person, a feature that might (or might not) indicate that their family culture … Continue reading
Joe Biden is racist because he supported a crime bill that increased mass incarceration of black and brown people. Elizabeth Warren is racist because she claimed Native American ancestry when, in fact, she had only a tiny percentage of DNA … Continue reading
I’ll be quick about this. I want you to support Michael Bennet for President. You might think he has dropped out of the Democratic primary race because he wasn’t on stage last week, but he’s still running. If he shows … Continue reading
Please find a block of time to read the letter MLK wrote from the Birmingham jail to a group of clergy who wanted him to slow down. You might have read it some time ago, but it deserves to be read again – and again.
It dates from 1963, five years before his assassination. He expressed disappointment in all those who thought he was pushing too fast for change. Clearly, he knew my family and the many others were getting very uncomfortable. I will keep my words to a minimum so you can spend your time with his.
What was I worried about when I was in high school? Civil rights? Sure, but my school board got ahead of the curve when it carefully drew a diagonal line to sort kids into two high schools. This diagonal line … Continue reading