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West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, (1943) | Transcript and Highlights

September 28, 2017

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In a world that is summarized in 144 characters, lengthy wisdom is lost on public discourse. So articulately and hauntingly predicted by Neil Postman and others, this dearth in our national conscience is truly a threat to our national soul. What has happened to us? First, we have both accidentally and purposely cultivated a shallow […]

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

August 12, 2017

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Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (349 pages) Review and Reflections What Stevenson does in this book is brilliant, for he does not just state the problem with erudite arguments, though he is a brilliant lawyer and rhetorician. Rather, he weaves the inhumanity of our systems through the […]

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 […]