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13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

February 17, 2017

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13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing in my education on this issue, wondering, pondering, struggling, and grieving over what and how […]

Birth of a Movement | Reflections

February 17, 2017

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This documentary is the story of William Monroe (W.M.) Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who helped launch a nationwide movement in 1915 to ban Hollywood’s first blockbuster movie, the later controversial The Birth of a Nation. I was struck by two main elements. One, that nothing has changed. The fight […]

Finding A Way Forward: Mass Incarceration, Community Policing, & The Effects On The Family | Notes

February 10, 2017

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Panelists: George Gascón,  San Francisco District Attorney and former Chief of Police. Frederick Hutson, founder, CEO and Head of Product for Pigeonly, a service which allows inmates to efficiently and affordably connect with their families and loved ones. Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, who also serves as the Director of Urban […]

TED | Robb Willer: How To Have Better Political Conversations

February 7, 2017

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So you probably have the sense, as most people do, that polarization is getting worse in our country, that the divide between the left and the right is as bad as it’s been in really any of our lifetimes. But you might also reasonably wonder if research backs up your intuition. And in a nutshell, […]

Trump’s Road to the White House | Reflections

January 28, 2017

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Trump’s Road to the White House. Frontline, PBS, 2017. I realize that commenting on anything political in this season is highly risk, so rather than comment, perhaps a reflection? As I have said many times before, the principle, “seek first to understand,” is the driving force behind my inquiry, search, and study of all things […]

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

January 22, 2017

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PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured journalistic journey that charts through the history of the development of recent politics that have […]

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

December 14, 2016

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Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676 Introduction This book is about why it’s so hard for […]