Tag Archive: blacks

Shoving Diversity in Your Face

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The National Basketball Association has just begun a new season, and according to league officials 75 percent of the 450 players on the 30 team rosters are black. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows  basketball. Black players have dominated the NBA for decades. While living in New York during the 1970s, I attended some Knicks…

Brave, New World

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Jeb Bush, who seems destined to be the only member of his family never to serve as President of the United States, says that the Republican party can’t survive if it continues to be perceived as a bunch of “old, white guys.” He’s been saying that for years, but I only just learned about it,…

Romney Comes On Strong In Colorado

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My, my, my. Just when everybody was prepared to bury the Romney candidacy, look what happens. Colorado, a battleground state with 9 electoral votes that picked the winner in each of the past three elections, has swung into the Romney camp in the latest Rasmussen poll. Rasmussen hadn’t polled there since early August, when it…

Hey, Biden Had Girlfriends Too!

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The news that Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan dated a black woman at school before his marriage to a white woman has shaken Democratic party strategists. Their consensus is that this can only help Ryan and his running mate, Mitt Romney, among black voters in this year’s presidential election. It had generally been agreed that…

Slavery and Related Sins

When I was young, I was brought up to regard Europe’s colonial powers as evil incarnate. We were taught that England, France, Holland, Germany and Spain, brutalized the people of Africa and Haiti, all for the sake of diamonds and other precious commodities. Time passed, as it will, and the European oppressors were banished. The…

Role Models (Only Blacks Need Apply)

Recently, someone asked me who my role models were when I was a kid. Having been a baseball fan all my life and a fairly precocious reader (The Grapes of Wrath at age 11), the names I came up with were Ted Williams, Stan Musial, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, and Humphrey Bogart. For someone born…