Its hard to believe but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in her first term in the United States Congress. But already, she is by far the most famous member of Congress elected in my lifetime- and I go back a while. I crashed this party way back when Richard Nixon was wandering around the White House at... Continue Reading →
We Can’t Fix Problems When We Discount Their Impact or Deny Their Existence
I just saw this gem of a meme of Facebook:
The neat thing about memes such as this one is you can pack a lot of disinformation in a very small space.
First off, none of these percentages is based on anything at all.
The reference to “a virus” is logically the coronavirus causing COVID-19. The “99%” claim here is actually verifiable. Based on the available data, COVID-19 has a mortality rate between 4 and 5% in the US, and may have long-term negative health implications for 20% or more of those that recover. So the first assertion is not simply wrong; it’s a lie, and a dangerous one.
The “99.95%” references that follow are just silly, made-up percentages, derived from nothing at all. They are lies as well.
“We have some racists” is a deliberate attempt to distract from or downplay the reality of systemic racism. This mentality serves…
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This is a thought exercise. This is neither a "manifesto" nor a "call to arms." This is not a plot against America, nor a threat of domestic terrorism. Again, this is a thought exercise- an important one that we desperately need to take up at this time. There are ominous signs in our public discourse... Continue Reading →
In the middle of last week I finally tapped out. I can't watch Donald Trump anymore. I can't listen to his voice anymore. I can't read his Tweets anymore. I am done. For three years I had continued to watch him in the name of responsible civic engagement although I have known everything I needed... Continue Reading →
I am not going to pretend that the job of the White House Press Corp is easy. But I am going to give the constructive feedback of a concerned citizen and ravenous news consumer. With very few exceptions the White House Press Corp has given this president an unprecedented skate through media pressers. Considering the... Continue Reading →
Malcolm X was fond of saying "I am in favor of the truth, no matter who speaks it." I agree with Brother Malcolm- although I always carve out room to tell Fox News freaks to go straight to hell whenever they speak on violent crime in the black community. While it is obvious that they... Continue Reading →