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Pondering Vice

I stumbled across my old, favorite ashtray this week. It was originally part of a set of Fiestaware dishes I bought at a neighbor’s garage sale back in 1979. I wanted the dinner ware because my old, odds and ends … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts About Democracy

No, the United States is not the world’s largest democracy. That honor goes to India. This makes sense by virtue of population size. Strictly speaking, there actually no purely democratic nations. The U.S. India, and most of the non-dictatorial nations … Continue reading

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Arrested For Learning

While fact checking a YouTube video last night, I stumbled across a blurb that was more compelling than the original reason for the search. There was only the statement, “90 Negroes arrested for learning”. The isolated tidbit of information was … Continue reading

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An End To Racism And Discrimination Is Possible

The American Anthropological Association’s statement on race says, “Physical variations in the human species have no meaning except the social ones that humans put on them.” I say we’ve put some real doozies on the variations. Skin color, hair, and … Continue reading

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Freedom Day

Intellectually, I understand the concept of slavery and have studied its various forms as it has occurred throughout history. It’s still difficult to wrap my mind around the idea of actually owning another human being. The form it took in … Continue reading

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Wilberforce’s Great Cause

Allen, one of my late friends, taught me a lot about open-mindedness because of how he identified himself. With no irony at all, he often called himself a compassionate evangelical.  This was during the late 1970s and early 1980s, much … Continue reading

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Peonage Abolished In New Mexico

I like to bounce my opinions about social problems onto my friend Jorge.  He’s unafraid to objectively analyze issues that concern his personal Mexican-American heritage.  This time, in particular, I wanted to understand the traditional relationship known as “Patron-Peon”. In … Continue reading

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