Republicans created Donald Trump, their albatross, by Renford Reese

I’m amazed at the number of disappointed lower middle class friends who have become enraged against Obamacare and their taxes raise to the point of being blinded to the very accurate depiction of Trump you are about to read. It seems that no matter what we write or fact check or analyze, we only contribute to making this buffoon more popular. I had to laugh … Continue reading Republicans created Donald Trump, their albatross, by Renford Reese

America’s Experiment with Racial Equality has Failed by Prof. Renford Reese

Statistics show that you value his articles, so here is a rather unusually pessimistic account of the Ferguson tragedy, followed by my personal reply San Gabriel Valley Tribune August 31, 2014 Guest Columnist: Renford Reese, Ph.D. America has failed in its experiment with race. Our great founding fathers–George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin–had two things in common: 1) … Continue reading America’s Experiment with Racial Equality has Failed by Prof. Renford Reese

On racism and other kinds of lack of respect

Does white elitism equal racism? Should the stupidity of some drive our cosmopolitan world into a sectarian one? How can we think and act towards any lack of respect to people based on their origin, complexion or religious creeds or lack thereoff? I open the floor to debate on how to best counteract the present cycle of intolerance. Continue reading On racism and other kinds of lack of respect

“12 years a slave” revisited

We, Jews, have a special connection with the African-Americans. There is no doubt in my mind about this, although fewer Afro-Americans are now willing to agree about this connection. Pharaoh, Let my people go, We shall overcome…all these are songs that ring in our common psyche. We celebrate each year Passover, the time when we were slaves, and many Jews fought alongside the African-Americans for … Continue reading “12 years a slave” revisited

Nelson Mandela: A Portrait of Great Leadership, by Renford Reese

Everyone has published or said something about Madiba…and my visit to South Africa had left a bitter-sweet taste of disillusion, but Renford Reese found the words I wanted to convey, a hope that education will overcome disillusion and that our mission as educators is only starting now. Continue reading Nelson Mandela: A Portrait of Great Leadership, by Renford Reese

Double Tragedy of the Trayvon Martin Case, by Prof. Renford Reese

The “Not Guilty” verdict made the Trayvon Martin case a double tragedy. Beyond the courtroom theatrics and the legalistic maneuvers within the past couple of weeks, the fact remains, an unarmed black teenager was proactively pursued and murdered and no one will be held accountable for this tragedy.
Of course this case was about race. For those focused solely on the law, the right verdict was rendered because the defense won the courtroom tug of war. According to the jury’s verdict, the prosecution could not prove Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Continue reading Double Tragedy of the Trayvon Martin Case, by Prof. Renford Reese

Berbela, le cœur de la Favela

Artistes et confusions en tout genre, le premier jour au Brésil fut une entrée en matière pour le moins…brésilienne! Ebouriffante rencontre d’un monde à la fois très proche et totalement inconnu. J’espère que les images reflètent mon intense sentiment d’être à la fois chez moi dans cet univers cosmopolite et très loin de mes repères sociologiques une fois de plus! Continue reading Berbela, le cœur de la Favela