Being an avid tennis fan, I watched with horror and great pain the 2001 tennis matches at Indian Wells, California where the Williams sisters and their father were treated asÂ unwelcome aliens.Â Trying to grasp the fact that an adult audience could heckle, boo, and downright cheer Serena's double faults and errors in the championship was a time in sporting history I was hoping to forget ever happening. For theses hisses and boos toÂ continue during the trophy awarding ceremony was most embarrassing to where one had to conclude there was deeper meaning to this outrage against the sisters.
In point of fact, according to British law, every Christian was equal before the law, and judgments were based upon being Christian or non-Christian, not race. If blacks served out their indentured periods or became Christians, they were, as other Europeans, granted their freedom.
How can anyone, Democratic or Republican, justify voting to confirm someone who said on the record that she supports illegal activity? But, of course Republicans will cave in and vote for her simply because she is Black and they donât want to be labeled as a racist.
Unlike too many social agitators today, Douglass recognized that the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence could be both an extraordinary accomplishment and imperfectly implemented. An avid student of history and political science, Douglass knew that it would take time for America to live up to its own ideals and that the challenges to the principles of the Declaration would change with the times.
The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last December has infected over 100 people in 14 states, most recently victimizing five infants at a Chicago area daycare. Last year, there were 644 cases of measles reported, by far the largest number in a decade and a half. The resurgence of a contagious and potentially deadly disease has reignited the nationwide debate over mandatory childhood vaccinations.