Month: May 2019

A Synopsis of Freaknik Lawyer

By Michael May 28, 2019 Off

This memoir connects the dots from Plessy to Brown to Obama and the quest of millennials to throw off the shackles of the Curse of Plessy and the unkept Promise of Brown.

Freaknik is not quite as freaky as it sounds. Certainly, Freaknik Lawyer is not about a lawyer getting his freak on when the lights go off.
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Have The Democrats Lost Their Freaking Minds?

By Michael May 16, 2019 Off

Now that there are at least 24 announced candidates for the Democratic Party Nomination, its time to ask the question:

Have the Democrats lost their freaking minds?

The 2020 Democratic Primary is a virtual buffet, a smorgasbord of delectable candidates like goodies, each vying for the focused attention of the American electorate. read more

Abbott Race and Unity Institute

By Michael May 6, 2019 Off

Forty years ago a swimming pool was used to separate us, today we sat by the pool and discussed racial unity.

Also on this day in 1905, Robert S. Abbott founded the Chicago Defender newspaper.

The Abbott Race and Unity Institute was founded ten years ago to foster relationships between people of varying multicultural backgrounds.

Today that diversity was in display on St. Simon Island, Georgia as Harold Michael Harvey gave the group a working definition of racism:

Harvey told the group that racism is the power to determine the outcome of a situation.

To get whites to understand this concept, Harvey told a story from his days in college about the power exerted over a white baseball player by a black player . The white player was the only white person in the stadium. Their was no one to come to the aid of the white players.

This was a powerful lesson. Every white person at the poolside immediately understand racism better than ever before in their life.

Is America Ready for a Gay First Family

By Michael May 3, 2019 Off

Before former Vice President Joe Biden pushed President Barack Obama into coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, this was an unthinkable question.

Biden’s 2011 support for Gay marriage may be more of an impediment to his chances of winning the Democratic Primary in 2020 than any of the other issues raised about his four decades in public life read more

Biden’s 14 Second Sound Bite on Dick

By Michael May 3, 2019 Off

Yesterday I read with amazement a tweet from a woman I admire for her spiritual affirmations. The tweet said, “I like Dick.” An explicit declaration of what she likes, right.

I did a double-take. Did my friend tweet what I think I read?

I was not surprised to learn that my friend might actually like Dick. But it stunned me to see that she admitted liking Dick in such a public space. read more

Kamala Harris Hammers Bill Barr

By Michael May 2, 2019 Off

Yesterday the nation witnessed the strict prosecutorial style of Senator Kamala Harris (D, California). Harris hammered the top prosecutor in the country, Attorney General William Barr, during Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Harris, one of three candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination, wasted little time on Barr’s penchants for pretending he did not understand the meaning of simple words in the English language. read more

Harvey to Address Abbott Race and Unity Institute

By Michael May 1, 2019 Off

Harold Michael Harvey, author of Paper Puzzle and Justice in the Round, will discuss race relations at the Third Annual membership Anniversary of the Robert S. Abbott Race and Unity Institute.

The gathering will take place on St. Simon Island, Georgia, on May 5, 2019, at 2 am.

Abbott, a native of Brunswick, Georgia, founded The Chicago Defender on May 5, 1905. In the early 20th century, The Defender was the most significant Black-owned newspaper in the nations.

Harvey’s task is to compare Abbott’s career as a lawyer and publisher with his career as a lawyer and publisher.

After moving to Chicago, Abbott completed his secondary education and obtained his law degree.

Abbott practiced law for a short time before deciding that he could better serve the Black community by reporting on injustice in society.

While Harvey worked as a journalist before practicing law, he practiced for two decades, then turned full time to the pen as his weapon to shine a light on injustice.

Harvey’s memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance, is due out in the fall.