President-Elect Donald Trump May Be the Greatest Pimp Since Goldie

I got up early to do some pleasure reading and it occurred to me that since Donald Trump won last month, many of his pundit surrogates have suggested that what Clinton supporters and Trump opponents (not necessarily the same) missed while focusing on Trump’s “deplorable” rhetoric about race, religion and gender, that most who supported […]

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 […]

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Donald Trump Thanks the Poorly Educated: A Lesson in Modern Serfdom

Donald Trump, after winning his third presidential primary/caucus in Nevada on Tuesday, provided the quote of the week when he said, “I love the poorly educated…” I know you do, sir, I know… You see, the poorly educated among us—the unenlightened—-are the primary reason that the wealthiest Americans—the “one percent” as Mitt Romney once called […]

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; […]

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 […]

Hillary Clinton’s Quest for the Souls of Black Folk

As much as I respect Toni Morrison’s work, I truly hated it back in the 90s when she called Bill Clinton America’s “First Black President.” Don’t get me wrong, I respected some aspects of Clinton’s presidency, but his legacy with respect to race included not only advocating causes that gutted high paying blue collar jobs […]