One Small Planet

In 1947 Darryl Zanuck produced a controversial movie called “Gentlemen’s Agreement” about anti-Semitism in the United States. I remember watching it on television on something like Million Dollar Movie or The Late Show. I don’t think I fully understood it. I grew up in New York City where everyone was the same. We might have gone to different houses of worship and some of us … Continue reading One Small Planet

Justice Served?

On January 6, 2007 a young couple in East Tennessee was kidnapped. Channon Christian was just 21 years old and her boyfriend Christopher Newsome was 23 years old. They were carjacked by multiple assailants in an apartment complex parking lot where they had gone to visit friends. But that was just the beginning of the horrors they would endure over the following days. Taken to … Continue reading Justice Served?

The New York City “Hoodie” Debate

If you don’t live in New York City you probably have never heard about the “hoodie debate”. Apparently some stores in Harlem are banning customers from wearing hoodies inside their stores because the clothing blocks video surveillance cameras from seeing faces. Some shopper’s feel this infringes on their rights, others see nothing wrong with the rule. I live in a small city in East Tennessee. … Continue reading The New York City “Hoodie” Debate

Arizona & the Anti-Gay Law

Between 1876 and 1965 racial segregation laws, Jim Crow Laws, were enacted at state and local levels in the United States.  African Americans were seen as “separate but equal”.  In 1964 these “laws” were overruled by the Civil Rights Act. In July 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which included a “commerce clause” that made discrimination in public accommodations such as privately … Continue reading Arizona & the Anti-Gay Law