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.
Rev. Al Sharpton seems to have learned this lesson long ago: When youâ€™re a controversial civil rights leader whoâ€™s made a career out of harassing the cops and embarrassing the government, never keep any assets in your own name. But that has never prevented authorities from vigorously inspecting the good reverendâ€™s personal and organizational finances over the years, and often coming up with troves of improprieties, ranging from misappropriation, to delinquency and possibly fraud. And yet even when the government seemed to have Sharpton squarely within itsâ€™ sights, his organization hobbled by the costs of litigation, fines and arrears assessed for unpaid taxes, none of it seemed to stick.
On this anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, his legacy is in sure hands. His youngest daughter, Pastor Bernice King has taken over leadership CEO of the King Center in Atlanta and is already doing great things. Notably she has spent time in Ferguson working with the youth in that community to channel their rage and frustration over the turmoil surrounding the Michael Brown shooting into positive action.Â Her brilliant work continues the process constructive engagement begun by her father as he helped channel black rage over social marginalization into a movement that fundamentally transformed America.
There will always be something that offends someone, especially on the internet. You have two choices in how you can respond: ignore or get upset. If you get upset, then you must decide if you are going to do something about it--i.e. write a letter, tweet, blog, or start a movement. The option that never should get sympathy is to go out and kill 12 people. Misunderstanding satire does not excuse violent extremism.
Historically, the Jewish people have always been threatened and unjustly targeted.Â Yet somehow that may have Â instilled within this noble and learned people a desire to prove the naysayers wrong.Â Are Jewish successes in all realms, from law to science to business to scholarship and beyond a form of rebellion and resistance to the haters and naysayers who have tried in vain to convince the world that Jewish lives and blood are worth nothing?
Dr. Carson will fly along Israelâ€™s narrow borders to see for himself the immense defense challenges that Israel faces.Â At its narrowest point Israel is just nine miles wide.Â The capital cities of surrounding countries that seek to attack and ultimately destroy the Jewish state are in closer proximity that many major American cities are to one another.
At least some of the faithful within the congregation of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta had to feign a sense of surprise when sexual abuse allegations against the churchâ€™s leader Bishop Eddie Long first surfaced in 2011.Â Â But even those parishioners were truly shocked when details of New Birthsâ€™ and Bishop Longsâ€™ secret settlement with over a dozen young men allegedly victimized by Bishop Long leaked out, resulting in a reported payout of over $25 million dollars.Â Â To add to the tawdry affair, Bishop Long apparently sought damages against several of the broken young victims who, despite the confidentiality terms of the settlement, told their stories publicly.
Fed Chair Janet Yellenâ€™s recent speech before at a conference on income inequality sponsored by Credit Suisse ruffled a lot of feathers, both on the right and the left of the political spectrum.Â In the speech she cited data indicating that income inequality in America was the worst itâ€™s been since the great depression, and suggested that a continuation of the trend would have dire consequences on consumer spending and hence future economic growth.
Let me be the first to say this.Â Colleges and Universities are not equipped to adjudicate violent crimes like sexual assault (or assault in general). Â They do not possess the investigative resources, training, expertise, or legitimacy that traditional law enforcement bring to the table.Â And yet every day across America, colleges are attempting to try and determine which assault allegations merit disciplinary action and which donâ€™t.
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.