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 … 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, … 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.
“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 … 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.
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.
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!
42, by Renford Reese
The Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA) Guest Columnist: Renford Reese, Ph.D. April 30, 2013 http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinions/ci_23131553/42-great-legacy-jackie-robinson 42: The Great Legacy of Jackie Robinson A couple of years ago I was a commentator on the Biography Channel’s mini documentary on Jackie Robinson. This documentary captured only a snippet of my thoughts about Robinson’s impact on American society. I … Continue reading 42, by Renford Reese
President Obama as Django, by Prof. Renford Reese
Professor Renford Reese reads Django as a metaphor for President Obama...I read Reese as a metaphor for a new generation of remarkable African American multiculturalists, a sunrise on another magnificent temple of enlightenment , thus my illustration at the end of the post. I added Alain Finkielkraut's very harsh critique of the movie. at the … Continue reading President Obama as Django, by Prof. Renford Reese
Martin Luther King Jr. would still be disappointed in America.
I read or listen to Brother Cornel's bitter comments and finally found some sunshine! Merci Renford!!! King would be proud if we used our transformative powers for good: Opinion published in The Daily Bulletin with the author's permission By Professor Renford Reese He would be proud that a multi-ethnic coalition elected Barack Obama to a … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. would still be disappointed in America.