Dear POC: We Get Depressed Too

People Need Help Coping Sometimes- And That Includes Black People. Enjoy This Terrific Piece on Mental Health Issues And Overcoming The Old Stigma Of Therapy.

Above the Storm

*I was inspired by a part in the interview I did with Anna from Respychl about mental health. My interview is part of a series on her blog, please check it out!

When I was in the 11th grade, my father told me that during his meeting with the school principals, they suggested I see a counselor. My father refused. He said I didn’t need to speak to anyone about my problems because I am African, and Africans don’t get depressed. Africans don’t get depressed because, despite a post-colonial history of poverty and war, Africans manage to find happiness at the end of the day, my father said.

I was a little upset; it was a new school, and I didn’t know what to make of how I was feeling. I didn’t know much about depression but I did think I had experienced it as a 13-year-old angry little girl…

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AMERICAN INFIDELS- A Time of Reckoning For Republicans

Roy Moore Lost But We Are Not Out Of The Woods Yet. These Warnings Still Need To Be Heeded.

Progressive Express

The reason why Judge Roy Moore is the most pivotal figure in American politics today is the same reason why Judas is one of the most pivotal figures in the Bible.  Judas’ betrayal was the triggering event for Jesus’ capture, persecution, crucifixion and resurrection.  That chain of events is commemorated and celebrated all around the world to this very day- thousands of years after they occurred.  Whether you subscribe to this account as an article of religious faith or as a matter of history, the fact is that betrayal at the very highest level is a central theme to the most enduring and influential story ever told.

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And Roy Moore’s egregious betrayal of the oaths that he took and the values he was duty bound to promote will prove to be the triggering event for the awakening of a critical mass of Americans to the fact that our government has…

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I’m Black, and I think Richard Spencer Should Speak At The University of Michigan

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I’m Black, and I think Richard Spencer Should Speak At The University of Michigan

Before anyone gets too upset with me, let me make one thing clear. I find Richard Spencer to be a vile and disgusting human being, and wholeheartedly disagree with his ideology. However, with all that being said, I think it would be best for the University to allow him to come to campus. What’s more, I don’t think a single person should protest, strike, rally, or take any action that would disrupt the event.

Richard Spencer represents a problem that has plagued this country from its inception, but with a recent shift in our political climate the problem has only been exacerbated. He is a part of one of the worst groups in this country, a group that seeks to intimidate, belittle, and eliminate this country’s minority population. Spencer, and those who buy into his thought…

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Collusion or Criminal Conspiracy?

The View from the Armchair

As mentioned previously, there is no statute specifically against “collusion” in the context of whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Russians to influence the 2016 election. As stated in today’s “The Hill” article titled Trump lawyer: Collusion is not a crime:

“For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated,” Jay Sekulow said in an article published in the December issue of the magazine. “There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion.”

That’s correct, of course. The assertion that working directly with a foreign government to influence an election is not itself inherently criminal may be incorrect, though.

Working with a foreign government – in this case Russia – to benefit a campaign is a likely violation of 11 CFR 110.20, “Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements…

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The Climate Inside

Many of us remember Aesop's Fables from when we were little kids.  My favorite to this very day is the one that tells of the contest between the sun and the wind.  Short version:  A man was walking along and the sun and the wind began to debate which of them could make the man... Continue Reading →

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