In Houston, Texas, we have seen a bizarre twist on traditional Civil Rights play out. The Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has been waging an uncivil war on people who oppose the far-reachingÂ homosexual rights ordinance she powered through the City Council. That ordinance was widely criticized by Houston lay people and pastors, It would endanger protected Civil Rights already covered by the First Amendment, i.e., freedomÂ ofÂ religion, critics of Mayor Parkerâ€™s ordinance said.
To our parents and grandparents, having a Black president was a dream long before it was a reality.Â Who could ever imagine after surviving slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement, that America would ever be ready to elect a Black president?Â During our sleep was the only realm in which we thought this would ever be possible, and certainly not twice.
Depending on where one lives, the headlines in the local (and some national) news recently would have featured various commentaries and reports on the following: â€śNumerous protests have been held since the Aug. 9 killing of Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Tensions escalated last week after a white officer in St. Louis shot and killed another 18-year-old black man, Vonderrit Myers Jr., last Wednesdayâ€ť (Reuters).
North Carolina, with a population that is 22 percent black, is a laboratory this November for whether the Republican challenger can successfully point to the dismal record of the Democrat incumbent regarding black progress and convince black voters that they should not vote for more of the same.
The flames of conflict in the Middle East never go out, but in recent weeks they have been growing red hot with increasingly dangerous implications for the United States. Â And President Obama is leading the United States headlong into the flames, but without a clear strategy in place that will avoid us from getting burned. Â Here we go again.