A few months ago, I wrote about the false allegations of racism levied by several hundred Jeopardy! contestants against recent, Kelley Donohue.
In a letter written to producers of Jeopardy!, the former contestants said Donohue’s holding up of three fingers, signifying his three wins, signified something else: white supremacy. They stated that it served as a “racist dog whistle” and were appalled that he had not publicly apologized for it and had not disavowed white supremacy. Donohue did both after the letter was publicized. He didn’t need to. He had to. Or else!
A couple of weeks later, American Idol…
I hate racism. I hate everything that reflects hate and inferiority of another person or ethnicity. I hate homophobia, sexism, elitism, ageism, hobophobia, sizeism, lookism and aporophobia. Even if my mouth has never articulated the words, my thought life is guilty of harboring all of these things at one time or another.
I have written extensively on the topic of racism since discovering forty-two years after moving to my hometown that it had been a sundown town. And I’ll continue to write about it by exposing it when I see it, but will also spotlight anyone attempting to manufacture it.
The link between Jim Crow and 2021 is this three word phrase.
We’ve all heard the common reflexive response to the phrase, Black Lives Matter, which is, All Lives Matter. It’s typically spoken by those who don’t understand that when a person says “black lives matter,” they don’t mean to infer that all other lives don’t or that Black lives matter more. And some may say it because they disagree with the doctrine of the organization, Black Lives Matter, who coined the phrase in 2013.
This article is not about Black Lives Matter, the phrase nor organization, but rather the…
How Race-Norming is Grounded in Scientific Racism
There are many in our country who say that systemic racism isn’t real. They concede it happened in the past, during slavery and the Jim Crow era, but not today. It just isn’t true, they say. No verifiable evidence, they say.
A few days ago, the NFL unwittingly, I think, made a statement confessing to a practice of systemic racism that has been in place since the 1990s. What was their confession ~ what is this racism that has been baked into NFL guidelines for nearly three decades? It’s called race-norming.
I was forty-eight when I first heard the names, Dick Rowland and Sarah Paige. Rowland was a Black teenage shoeshiner, Paige a White teenage elevator operator.
When Rowland left his shoeshine post in downtown Tulsa on May 30, 1921, to use the nearest restroom a Black could use in those days, he had no idea that a misstep in the Drexel Building elevator would lead to the deadliest, most devastating race massacre in American history.
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Ninety-six years later, on Halloween of 2016, after six months at my new job, I was unceremoniously laid off…
Since COVID-19 became a thing in America during the spring of 2020, I’ve worn a mask in businesses that have required it. I knew I couldn’t walk into a store if I didn’t. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s still not a big deal.
However, I have not worn a mask in places and spaces that did not require it. I’ve not worn a mask outside, even when walking beside a friend or family member. Nor have they.
Aside from wearing a mask and socially distancing when required, I haven’t lived my life any differently during the past fourteen months…
Meat or No Meat: The Clash Between PETA and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
I was compelled to write this article after seeing a photograph of a billboard on Facebook that fed my fast-growing angst towards the self-righteous fervor that is sweeping the nation.
The billboard, which is located a few miles from the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, has a photograph of a cow saying the words: Oklahoma, HOME OF MEATHEAD GOV. KEVIN STITT. The billboard was paid for by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
According to PETA, the reason for the billboard is because, on March…
If I hadn’t read it, I would not believe it. I have read it, and am wondering if I was in a daze. Last week, 467 former Jeopardy! contestants collaborated on a letter that was signed and sent to the producers of Jeopardy! regarding recent contestant Kelly Donohue’s alleged racist behavior, demanding that he apologize for it and disavow white supremacy. The letter was published on Medium.
What did Donohue do that was so egregious that it compelled the former Jeopardy! contestants to team up to pen this letter? When he was introduced on day four of his three-day winning…
As many of you know, I write extensively on the topic of racism in America. But I attempt to do so while remaining even-handed, a bridge between two hostile and opposing sides.
If evidence compels me to shed light on injustice cloaked in racism, I will. However, if evidence compels me to conclude that a perceived racial injustice is not, I won’t silently pretend I’m on board when I’m not.
I believe that looking for racism under every rock can be as unhelpful and divisive as ignoring its existence. Not everything that looks and walks like a duck is a…
America Has a White Supremacy Problem, But It’s Not What You Think
On March 11, when Oklahoma high school basketball announcer, Matt Rowan, called the Norman High basketball girls team “fuckin’ niggers” for kneeling during the pre-game national anthem, he not only exposed his own racist heart but the racist hearts of many in America.
Unbeknownst to Rowan, he was speaking into a hot mic, thinking only his broadcast partner could hear him. However, by March 12, his name was littered throughout every major media outlet across the country. He became an American pariah in an instant.
Rowan didn’t merely…
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