Meet the Progressive, Bernie Sanders Supporter Running for Congress in South Carolina

“I’m not running for congress as a ‘berniecrat’. I’m running for congress as a resident of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. The challenge is for us to find a way, beyond being liberal and being conservative to create a just and prosperous society.”

The Rise of Donald Trump: When the Media Flirts with White Supremacy

Forfeiting journalistic and social morality, news outlets have turned their frantic coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign into a poisonous fetish, and contributed to the progress of the most distasteful kind clickbait–Trump’s narratives of white supremacy. Take, for example, chairman of CBS, Les Moonves, speaking on ad revenue generated from Trump’s presidential campaign: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS”… “I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry, It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.” “I’m not taking…

Black Progressives, It’s Time To Unite Against Establishment Politics

This is a call for us to unite, and demand that our representatives—black and white— march to our anthems of progress, despite how radical they may seem and acknowledge that our vote for the Clinton Campaign is far from granted.

What The Bernie Sanders Unelectable Argument Says About Black Lives

There is something belittling about the language of the “Bernie Sanders is unelectable” fallacy—something that is subliminally dismissive. How is it possible that we live in a time when progressives say #blacklivesmatter, but call the ideas of Bernie Sanders too “radical” to implement, and conclude his “radical” ideas make him unelectable? When people say Bernie Sanders’ ideas are not politically viable, what they are really saying is: Satisfying the needs of the people his policies would support is not politically viable, therefore, we should not vote for him. Not only does this language illegitimize the needs of those people, but…

Opening Remarks at the Urban League Diversity Summit

Below you can find my opening remarks for the Urban League Diversity Summit.  I didn’t change much and I only had about 2 minutes.  I was addressing the question “How are traditional and charter schools creating models of excellence that achieves Dr. King’s dream of a quality education for our children?” I made a few last minute changes, but I lost the original copy that has the last minute scribblings that I used at the event.           Martin Luther King Jr. says education has a two-fold function in society.  Dr. King says education should equip us with the power…

Who has empathy for the victim?

“Should you go to school today?” Not too many 15 year olds are asked whether or not they should go to school at 6:00am on a Tuesday morning.  When my mother asked me that Tuesday, there was a level of uncertainty within the question that I never heard before.  But, with fire and smoke seeping from one of the world’s tallest buildings on CNN, going out in public, even to get an education, seemed like a risky affair.  However the choice was made, I found myself huddled with my peers during a school wide community meeting.  Administration confirmed what many…

Marriage: An Institution of Immutability?

“Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a State using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them?” – Sonya Sotamayor During Oral Arguments of Hollingsworth v. Perry I invite you to partake in a thought experiment. For a moment, concede one of the arguments that opponents of same-sex marriage make: The definition of marriage, the age-old bedrock social institution should not be redefined to include same-sex couples. In withstanding the traditional definition of marriage, the following would occur: Women would have no rights over their…

Point Blank. Finding your place on the gun control continuum

Hidden within the pages of our nation’s gun control history, you can find the story of the infamous Black Panther Party for Self Defense. If you are like me, you probably forgot the original “Self Defense” portion included in the title of the revolutionary group.  It may be harder to forget, however, the iconic image of Malcolm X peering outside a window with an M1 Carbine semiautomatic in his possession.  The Black Panther party, Malcolm X and many other repressed groups and individuals represented the need of the right to bear arms at one of its core principles.  Blacks were…

If it was discriminatory then, it’s probably discriminatory now

If it was discriminatory then, it’s probably discriminatory now. By: Anthony Conwright How do you distinguish between fantasies of racism stimulated by “code language” and actual racism?  An interesting way to put any perceptions of racism and discrimination into context would be to look inside America’s history. Historical context clues provide a vehicle for decoding certain words and phrases that may have racist and discriminatory roots.  For example, the phrase “separate but equal.” If you were to hear someone say, “I support separate but equal [insert institution],” you should start to cringe.  If you are aware of the discriminatory implications…

Boycotts….Mike Huckabee and Chik Fil-A

Mike Huckabee claims to be “incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chik Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his views that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld.”  One would think the former Republican Governor of Arkansas and Fox News host would relish the fact that American citizens are participating in   capitalism by deciding not to eat at Chik Fil-A. Capitalism, in the form of a Chik Fil-A boycott makes sense. I would not bet my salt on seeing Mike Huckabee at a gay club. Because he does not agree…