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

Mrs. Parks Due Honor of New TSUM Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Troy State University Montgomery, Rosa Parks Library and Museum, April 22, 1998

As a writer residing and working in the birthplace of the movement that eliminated racial segregation, I have met a number of the leaders. Recently, at the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Rosa Parks Library and Museum, . . . → Read More: Mrs. Parks Due Honor of New TSUM Facility

‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

U.S. District Judge Harold Albriton’s decision in Bethany Godby vs. Montgomery County Board of Education strikes another blow against government’s use of race categories. This case began in 1996, when Bethany Godby, a 13-year old Cloverdale Junior High School student, claimed her school racially discriminated against her and violated other of her Federal rights . . . → Read More: ‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

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

Path of Racial Discrimination Ends With Criminal Statutes

There are no other options. The only way to end race-based discrimination it to criminalize the behavior. Since its founding, America has moved along a tortured racial path. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence acknowledged a list of self-evident truths. Then, for four score and seven years, we proceeded to live a lie about . . . → Read More: Path of Racial Discrimination Ends With Criminal Statutes

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

Lovings Case’s Lessons Linger

According to various news accounts, early on the morning of July 15, 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving awoke in their bed with three flashlights shining in their eyes. A voice behind the lights demanded, “What are you doing in bed with this lady?”

“I am his wife,” Mildred answered. Richard pointed to their five . . . → Read More: Lovings Case’s Lessons Linger

Time To Dismantle “Whiteness”

Some major universities offer a new area of emphasis: “white studies,” or as it is called at Princeton, “whiteness.” A few weeks ago the University of California at Berkeley was the site of the first academic conference on whiteness. Scholars from throughout the country traveled to the Berkeley campus to bring together their work . . . → Read More: Time To Dismantle “Whiteness”