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Racism, Ancient Wisdom, Society and Homework
October 16, 2017
Long ago, Buddha and his followers were resting underneath a tree when suddenly a man came and spat in Buddha's face. His followers grew outraged but Buddha was’t angry or offended and calmly said to the man, “What next? There must be something you mean to say.” Everyone grew silent. Buddha continued, “This man does not know me and therefore has not offended me. He must have formed some ill notion of me, heard some rumors so this man has not spit on me. He has spit on his notion of me. He has spit on his own mind.” Buddha then turned to the man and lovingly asked him,”What more do you wish to say?” The man, shocked, confused and amazed ran home. That night he found it was impossible to sleep. He could not explain this encounter and was haunted by it, trembling and sweating all through the night. He had never come across such a man and this experience shattered his previous way of being. This encounter shook him to his core. The next morning the man returned and threw himself at Buddha's feet, asking for forgiveness. Buddha, lifting his body lovingly replied, “The Ganges goes on flowing and is never the same again. Every man is a river. Much has happened this past Twenty-four hours and the man that you spat on is no longer here, I just look like him. You have also changed. You are new and I am new. These two people, the man who spat and the one who was spit on are no more. Come, friend. Let us talk of something else.” ... read more »
Democrats and Mainstream Media Come to Rescue of Harvey Weinstein’s White Female Accusers But Continue to Ignore Death of Gemmel Moore
October 12, 2017
Just three days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by media mogul Harvey Weinstein, the board of directors at The Weinstein Company fired him. ... read more »
Understanding Water Reliability for the New Water Year
October 12, 2017
October marks the start of the 2017-2018 water year, which runs from October to September, and marks the period over which California water agencies measure the year’s precipitation levels. ... read more »
Nearly Total Focus On Latinos Slights Black Immigrants
October 12, 2017
Dr. Smith’s fundamental argument is undocumented Latino immigration is detrimental to Blacks. ... read more »
Fannie Lou Hamer Walking Off the Plantation: Questioning and Transforming America
October 12, 2017
I’m sick of symbolic things; we’re fighting for our lives”. Thus, for Obama’s election to be more than a useful symbol for a country unable to criticize and seriously change itself, it must be part and parcel of our struggle to save and expand lives ... read more »
Editorial Cartoon: Can’t we all just get along?
October 12, 2017
Congress moment of Silence after the latest massacre. Need for gun regulations from Congress. National Rifle Association conrol over Congress. ... read more / view cartoon »
Pope Francis, the LA Archdiocese, and a Community’s Quest for Environmental Justice
October 6, 2017
Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’reverberated around the world – as our planet’s most well-known religious leader weighed in on perhaps the most pressing problem facing humanity today. ... read more »
Success On “The Way”… Ask Dr. Jeanette: Make “IT” Better!!!
October 5, 2017
Challenges may be family related, job related, friend related, marriage or lover related ... read more »
…While Rome Burned
October 5, 2017
Considering the lack-luster response of #45's administration to the tragedy in Puerto Rico, it is easy to draw parallels between Nero and #45. ... read more »
We’re 42 Years Apart But Our Mission Is the Same: Change Education for the Black Community
October 5, 2017
Every day countless numbers of our children do not receive the quality education they must have in order to have even a modicum of a chance to live a decent life in today's world. ... read more »
Racist Extremism Remains a Crisis in the United States
October 5, 2017
Yet the current administration has decided to cut federal funding for groups fighting right-wing violence to shift more resources to fighting Islamist terrorism. ... read more »
Schools Still Fail to Educate Black Students
October 5, 2017
The Local Control Funding Formula is a California legislative initiative that enables  school districts, rather than the state, to receive and allocate funds to those schools most in need.  ... read more »
Hill lawmakers seek end to triple-digit interest on payday and car-title loans
October 5, 2017
Signers of the correspondence include civil rights organizations, labor, consumer advocates, and research institutes. ... read more »
Patriotism, Flags and Playing Fields: Unhinging Trump and Unsettling America
September 28, 2017
It is clearly an irony of history that such serious subjects as race and racism would find a place of protest and resistance on the playing fields of America, sites of entertainment and distraction from the pressing problems of society and the world. ... read more »
Minimizing Race Perpetuates White Privilege
September 28, 2017
People who tend to minimize the importance of race are also more likely to minimize its cohort, white privilege. ... read more »
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