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Who would you nominate for a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

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Nominations for the US Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be needed. A commission like this, used so successfully in South Africa and Germany, is something transactional justice lawyers and activists have been calling for as the only solution to the dilemma of racial unrest we are experiencing. These commissions are made up of stakeholders from all points-of-view who come together in a extra-judicial forum because they are not about punishment, just truth and reconciliation. It is through these commissions, and the whole of society's experience of them, that we can come together as a nation with a set ...

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Chief Obstacle to Racial Reconciliation is the Religious Right

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The obstacles to a successful US Truth and Reconciliation Commission in this country can be found everywhere. A commission such as this is an extra-judcial forum available to all stakeholders to face the past and find solutions, together, as one nation, healing the wounds and lasting effects of racism. It's easy to find examples of these obstacles because we don't have to look farther than at the exact same gang of corporate outlaws perverting our Constitution wherever and whenever possible to advance their greed while denying science, equal rights, and, yeah, facts. An apt example is the new Noah's Ark attraction in Tennessee ...

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How To Get To Reconciliation

Introduction To commemorate July 4, yesterday, I wrote about the necessity for a US Truth & Reconciliation Commission (USTRC), an obvious concept that could someday "become the center to all the fireworks, BBQs, and white-centric glad-handing that takes place." Included were the threads that promise the inevitability of a  U.S. Reconciliation and Truth Commission (USRTC), articulated most notably by modern icon-philosophers such as MLK, Jr., and Nelson Mandela, particularly his real-world success in reconciling a just as wily South Africa. We have to start making amends somewhere — searching for reconciliation together is the only route out of the bondage of the current insanity ...

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The Rhetoric of American Fundamentalism Fuels White Supremacy

by Martin Prochnik Flickr/creative commons

"We will not be turned around by the religion of hatred, bigotry, and bias." -- Cornell William Brooks, NAACP National President, today

 "We need to look at our country's original sin. Our founding fathers were liberators from the crown but they didn't liberate black folks." -- Radio Host, Peter Dominick

Heinous acts such as what transpired this week in Charleston, South Carolina, underscore the role christian fundamentalism plays in the culture of white supremacy. Although there are some non-white fundamentalists, it is their white counterparts, the majority, who are primarily engaged in ...

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America’s Shame

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Raw Story reports that the United States has one of the highest relative child poverty rates in the developed world. America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent. This is what keeps me up at night, thinking of even one homeless and hungry child out there, maybe just a few blocks where I am safely sleeping. Just as important as asking why America has sunk so low is asking ourselves what can we do ...

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The King Center

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. November 15, 1964 Flickr/creative commons

Hope you all saw my hopeful letter to Martin, yesterday, but today I want to ask people to spend a little time further investigating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and challenge everyone to get busy if they are not already in furthering his precepts though activism. One of the best places to advance your education is The Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, known as The King Center. Here you will find thousands of digitized documents pertaining to his legacy which established and newly minted activists will find enlightening and empowering. Dr. King's life and teachings are ...

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Dear Martin

Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968 by Caboindex Flickr/creative commons

Dear Martin . . . How happy I am today to see the next generation fully embrace the ideals that identified your short life: the end of poverty, racism, and war, precepts to which I have continued to dedicate my life. With numerous conferences and forums throughout your birthday weekend, before and after, your mass of followers are playing an invigorating and crucial role right now in schooling the mass of newly minted young activists who are fully committed to ending the murder of young black people, and all attempts to erase an entire race through Read More

Back To The Future

Lance Shields Installation: "Cosmic Kisses Illuminated"  slurl.com/secondlife/ North Dolores/202/61/23/ Flickr/creative commons

My blog break turned out to be a bit longer than it should have, sorry. But if you have been following the Twitter/venusplusx feed you know I've been very busy with activists everywhere as we see, finally, an energizing of the forces for good despite the pain of getting to our destination. And it is and will be painful, very painful for a while, make no doubt, but there's a new inter-sectional majority able to co-envision the light at the end of the tunnel. It's not a mirage, it's real. A new day is here. More than at any ...

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Unacknowledged Racism Feeds Institutional Prejudice

Prejudice  by Mo Flickr/creative commons

This morning, The New York Times Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof asks, Is Everyone A Little Bit Racist? This bit of genius melds diverse findings that suggest that yes, we are, whether we are white or a person of color. Blind research has proven over and over again that unacknowledged racism throughout society has fed institutional prejudice. When injured, non-whites were less frequently prescribed pain-killers. Black students are three times more likely to be suspended from school. Young black people are almost 4 times more likely than their white cohorts. A black sounding name on a resume is Read More

Love Pierces Hate

by Rafee Jewell Flickr/cretaive commons

  After a week of writing about the senseless murder of Michael Brown, a young, unarmed African-Americn in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white policeman, I've spent the last few days reading posts we have written over the past few years, and those from other authors, condemning racism. It's become a meditation on the racism upon which this country was founded. Fear of other did not begin with America. Fear of something different than yourself springs from caveman DNA, and it is only the gradual grasp of Love, in your intellect and in actuality of the Love you express, that raises anyone above ...

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