To Kill a Mockingbird: Enough is Enough Revisited

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Attitcus Finch, Chapter 11, To Kill a Mockingbird There was a young multi-ethnic man in his early 30s of Afro/Asiatic heritage who was slain by a mob of European reactionaries. He was unarmed, had a spotless reputation and cared for others. He was purportedly … Continue reading

(IF) Not now then When?

“ These are times to try men’s souls” Thomas Paine. Last Friday was one of the hottest days of the year, and yet pales in comparison to the flash point tension surrounding the latest setback in race relations. That day the President  of the United States weighed in with remarks on the tragedy of 17 yr … Continue reading

Journeying into the Hot Zone: the Difference maker II

Like a chain reaction, certain events that start as small, expand and challenge the entire fabric of society.  And like a nuclear chain reaction, the only way to stop this movement from spiraling out of control is through the use of control rods. In our current society, the control rods are the Difference Makers (peacemakers), … Continue reading

To Kill a Mockingbird: Enough is Enough

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Attitcus Finch, Chapter 11, To Kill a Mockingbird There was a young multi-ethnic man in his early 30s of Afro/Asiatic heritage who was slain by a mob of European reactionaries. He was unarmed, had a spotless reputation and cared for others. … Continue reading

Reading Between The Lines

In a quote from Cheryl Brown the mother of a 13 yr old witness of the Trayvon Martin death; the phrase “read between the lines” stands out.   “Brown also said that Serino (Police detective) told her to “read between the lines” because there was some “stereotyping” or “racial profiling.” She also said that Serino told her that Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was black“. Between … Continue reading

When Doves Cry: The Difference Maker

Where are the voices, where are the difference makers? Are they being silenced by the pressure to conform or from the fear of being classified as radical or culturally deviant? Difference makers find peace between the factions of society. They have proven track records of empathy, peacemaking, and reconciliation because of their relationships across the ethnic/cultural divide. Difference makers … Continue reading

Human Nature, Part II: Harmony

“ “Why, why, tell ‘em that it’s human nature?  Why, why, does he do it that way?” In the midst of another episode of racism, racial profiling and racial bias, we are faced with human nature’s dark side – hatred and dissention. The Trayvon Martin tragedy, in which a 17 year old African American boy … Continue reading