Can America Only Take One Socially Conscious Athlete?

The trending topic for the last couple of day is Colin Kaepernick. He refused to stand for the national anthem in a preseason game this past weekend. That was followed by a statement from the 49’ers quarterback: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses […]

The Insidious Nature of Race Baiting in Politics

Over the past few months, I have written many articles and blog posts chronicling my fervent belief that President Bill Clinton is two-faced where race is concerned. Sometimes, a picture can be more powerful than 700 to 1500 words. According to civil rights activist and lawyer Michelle Alexander, this photo depicts Clinton on the campaign […]

Race and Religion Taking Center Stage in the Democratic Primary

In June 1964, three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, spent the month registering black voters in Philadelphia, Miss. The trio, each affiliated with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), were abducted on June 21, 1964 and killed by a motley crew of local Ku Klux Klan members and their […]

Justice Antonin Scalia Was a Bigoted Racist, Nothing More

Over the weekend, United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Antonin Scalia died at the age of 79. While the encomiums heralding his life have flowed from political friends and foes alike over the past 48 hours—including President Barack Obama—I would be remiss if I did not strongly state what the President and presidential contenders cannot; […]

Think About It…Are You Really Free?

This month provides the nation the opportunity to celebrate the history of African-American people. After the abolition of slavery in 1865, many of our ancestors were suddenly free. While free, they faced a much desired but challenging prospect of living free in a country that had prospered from their labor, had grudgingly granted that freedom […]

Tuskegee and HeLa: Flint, Michigan Too?

The water crisis in Flint, Mich. demonstrates yet another flagrant disregard for the health and well-being of America’s urban underclass. A disregard premised on discriminatory indifferences for the black, brown, and the poor. In spite of state officials purporting that Flint’s drinking water was fine, for a year and half, the residents of Flint were […]

Poverty, Race and the Inequitable Distribution of Environmental Justice

On a blistering hot July day in North Florida, I walked into an apartment at a housing project to meet with what would become one of my first major civil cases. The apartment lacked air conditioning. So within the first minutes of my entry, my dress shirt was stuck to my back and I was […]