It must be very difficult to become a healthy adult in a family with a history of multigenerational pathology. Normalcy must be an impossible goal to reach if your grandfather robbed bones from graves and then made money for and with Hitler's war machine.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be invisible? You could go around and nobody would see you. Nobody would know you existed. Do you remember playing hide and seek? Wow. If you were invisible, you could always win the game because no one would be able to find you.
Politically challenged New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told a national TV audience recently that a victory by his challenger — Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu — would be a step back to the past. Though Nagin is Black and Landrieu is White, the mayor did not intend this as a deliberate racial slap at Landrieu. But then again, he didn't have to — Blacks have held unbroken power at New Orleans City Hall for three decades.
In a country where 13 million children live in poverty and 9 million are uninsured, most of them in working families, money determines a lot about the circumstances that affect children's health. Health shouldn't depend on wealth — but far too often it does.
Trust the president who led us into Iraq on the basis of disinformation and misinformation? Trust the president who just weeks ago told us the National Security Agency program involved only international calls with al-Qaeda? (That explanation is now apparently "inoperative," to use Richard Nixon's famous phrase.).
A quarter-century ago, the United States embarked on an economic crusade to "downsize" its working class, to eliminate millions of jobs by outsourcing employment abroad and to push millions more middle-class employees into low-wage jobs.
Shelby Steele is a well-known Black conservative and a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a leading right wing think tank. He has made a lucrative career for himself by lambasting Black people and praising White people. Steele says that racism is all in the past, that all is right with the world and it is up to Black people to admit it and stop complaining.
Controversial San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds once boasted that he'd take great relish in passing the legendary Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, but had qualms about supplant-ing Hank Aaron as the career home run king.
Question: What do Motown Records, Soft Sheen and Johnson Products have in common?
Answer: Each one of these companies were Black companies that were sold after they had become successful.
Now I did not name these companies because I wanted to hold anyone in particular up for criticism. Indeed, as I did research for this article; I even found some things to compliment. For instance, Barry Gordy stayed on and took an active role in running Motown after he sold it.