Bishop Eddie Long, the Black Church and Pedophilia

News that Bishop Eddie Long died yesterday inspired one of the most bitterly divided timelines that I have seen from many of my Black Facebook friends. Some, the majority from the anecdotal evidence I observed, invoked the “only God can judge” mantra and preached forgiveness of his sins. Others, the minority but a very passionate […]

Legal Cynicism and Race: Do Black Lives Really Matter?

Legal cynicism is a sociocultural or sociopolitical lens through which members of a community observe, perceive, and interpret their engagement with the legal system or, in this case, enforcement agents of the law. Regrettably, it appears that, too frequently, instead of stabilizing the issue, law enforcement adversely escalates the matter. Legal cynicism erodes the legitimacy […]

Justice Clarence Thomas: A Bad Joke or Frightening Nightmare

I have written many articles and blogs through the years about United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and those familiar with my work already know my disdain for him both as a jurist and a Black man. The fact that he wrote for the majority in yesterday’s Utah v. Strieff decision, that will allow […]

Wrong Question v. Right Comment

Parents of young men, how we discuss current events like Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton can go a long way in preventing rape. For example: Wrong question: “Why did that girl go to his house/apartment that late at night?” Right comment: “No matter what time she went over, he had no right to assume that […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Jim Crow South and American Terrorism: Moore’s Ford Bridge

While blacks served America with great distinction during World War II, as had been the case during World War I, upon returning home from war, many soldiers, sailors and Marines found themselves increasingly more disgusted. They had fought, bled and seen comrades die to end Fascist tyranny only to return to Jim Crow business as […]