Stop Asking About Race in Census

In a recent column [~1997], George Will of the Washington Post, makes a thoughtful contribution to the national dialogue on race.

In that column, Mr. Will calls for the elimination of race classifications in the government census. Regular readers know that is a position I have long advocated. I welcome Mr. Will to my . . . → Read More: Stop Asking About Race in Census

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

Knollwood Residents Deserve Answers on Cancer Incidence

The residents of Knollwood deserve an explanation for the high incidence of cancer-related sickness and death in their community. Their state representative, Thad McClammy, a member of the Alabama Legislature’s Health Committee, said he brought this matter to the attention of State Health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, three years ago.

At the time, McClammy’s . . . → Read More: Knollwood Residents Deserve Answers on Cancer Incidence

Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

The infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study took place between 1932 and 1972 in Macon County Alabama. In that study, a group of poor Macon County black men with syphilis were left untreated by government health care officials so researchers could monitor the effects of untreated syphilis in a human population. The study continued long after . . . → Read More: Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

A Case For Criminalization

My comments on criminalizing racial discrimination have generated a great deal of debate. For those yet to agree with my position, consider the following case: . . . → Read More: A Case For Criminalization

James’ Appointments Troubling

In Alabama, racial tensions are manifest in all political and government activities, social and religious life, public and private educational institutions, the criminal justice system and nearly all economic matters. Given these tensions, it is not surprising that Governor James came under criticism for not appointing blacks to his staff.

There are only two . . . → Read More: James’ Appointments Troubling

White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

Last year, in an Austin, Texas speech, the president challenged the nation to begin an earnest conversation about race. This past spring in California, he announced establishment of a Presidential Commission to conduct a series of town meeting style hearings on race relations. It seems as if everyone in the country is talking about . . . → Read More: White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

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?

Court Settlement Best For Alabama

Speaking about self rule, Winston Churchill once jested, “Democracy is the worst form of government in the world, except all the other forms.”

Democracy as we understand it began on a rocky land-mass projecting into the Mediterranean at the base of Europe. It was there about 2,500 years ago that Greek tribes took control . . . → Read More: Court Settlement Best For Alabama

Historian Warns Against Resegregation

African Americans struggled for nearly a century to end legal segregation in our society. That battle was won over a quarter of a century ago, yet today, many children of those who struggled to end racial segregation want to resegregate America. It seems that many African American leaders are rejecting the gains made toward . . . → Read More: Historian Warns Against Resegregation