Gap of Opinion on Flinn Case Wider than B-52 She Flew

American opinion is divided over the way the Air Force handled the case of 1stLt Kelly Flinn. Lt Flinn, an Air Force B-52 bomber pilot, resigned under pressure from the Secretary of the Air Force with less than an honorable discharge because she had an adulterous relationship.

As with the O.J. Simpson case, everyone . . . → Read More: Gap of Opinion on Flinn Case Wider than B-52 She Flew

What’s Wrong With Biracial Label?

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court declared state laws banning interracial marriage unconstitutional [Loving vs. Commonwealth of Virginia]. This decision opened the courthouse door for men and women of different races to marry, procreate and bring up their legitimate children anywhere in the United States. According to the 1992 U.S. Census, there are . . . → Read More: What’s Wrong With Biracial Label?

Heroic Act: Floyd Mann Stood Out Among Alabama Lawmen

Traditionally, during Black History month, the spotlight is on Americans with African ancestry. It is this exclusive aspect of black history month that continues to trouble this columnist. The quandary is this: how do we recognize an acknowledged hero of the civil rights movement even though he claimed no African ancestry.

On May 20, . . . → Read More: Heroic Act: Floyd Mann Stood Out Among Alabama Lawmen

Another August Birthday To Honor

Two Alabama babies, a boy in Barbour County and a girl in Montgomery County, were born seventy-five years ago this past August.

The boy baby, George Corley Wallace, spent most of his adult life doing battle with ideas in the political arena. The life and times of Governor Wallace are well documented. He used . . . → Read More: Another August Birthday To Honor

Guinier’s Public Career Not Over Yet

Major Cox and Lani Guinier. Martha's Vineyard, August 1993.

Since Lani Guinier’s failed nomination for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, she has become a celebrity. Ms. Guinier has become so famous that she hired an agent to manage her celebrity.

According to an article in the Washington Post, she receives 15 to . . . → Read More: Guinier’s Public Career Not Over Yet

Heflin Took True Stand For Equality

Senator Howell Heflin recently stated that he will seek a fourth term. That he will run again for the U.S. Senate may surprise many Alabamians, especially since most of the state’s political observers, analysts, and pundits wrote an end to Senator Heflin’s political career last July 22nd. That’s the day he took to the . . . → Read More: Heflin Took True Stand For Equality

Summering on Martha’s Vineyard

You hear a lot about Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in the news lately. Martha’s Vineyard is a 100 square mile size island, located off the southern coast of Cape Cod. The population of the island is less than that of Bullock County, Alabama or about 9,000 permanent residents but during the summer tourist season, the . . . → Read More: Summering on Martha’s Vineyard

A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Virginia Durr at her birthday party in 1993

Studs Terkel characterized Virginia Foster Durr in the introduction to her autobiography, Outside The Magic Circle, as a “well brought-up Southern white woman” who stepped outside the magic circle, abandoned privilege, and challenged the traditional Southern way of life. Were it not for Virginia’s work . . . → Read More: A Birthday Tribute to Virginia Foster Durr

Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes

Major Cox and Lani Guinier. Martha's Vineyard, August 1993.

Did President Clinton need to sacrifice Lani Guinier, his long time friend and Yale Law School classmate, whom he nominated to head the Justice Department’s Civil Right Division? Were her ideas, as Mr. Clinton claims, “antidemocratic and very difficult to defend?” I think not. . . . → Read More: Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes

Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes

Major Cox and Lani Guinier

Did President Clinton need to sacrifice Lani Guinier, his long time friend and Yale Law School classmate, whom he nominated to head the Justice Department’s Civil Right Division? Were her ideas, as Mr. Clinton claims, “antidemocratic and very difficult to defend?” I think not. I’m reminded of what . . . → Read More: Writing, Thinking, Guinier’s Crimes