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Author: Reggie Jackson

Dear America: Your Heroes are Not Necessarily My Heroes

“Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps.” – Public Enemy, Fight the Power, 1989 Over the past several weeks many venerated American heroes have had their status challenged by the current movement for social justice and reckoning with the history of systemic racism. Statues and other monuments have been removed, or torn down; names have been removed from buildings and college campuses. It is a moment that America has avoided for far too long. As a result, it is making some Americans very nervous about what hero of theirs is next in line. For others it has...

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An Uncomfortable Guilt: The excuse of politics is not why people avoid talking about systemic racism

“You can run, but you can’t hide.” – American idiom “They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.” – Steve Maraboli White people who are afraid of the truths exposed about racism in recent weeks and months as a result of the resurgence of expressions of Black Lives Matter have cleverly hidden from the conversations by claiming they are too “political.” This is a method deployed to avoid having conversations that are too hard to handle by far too many whites in this country. As they have continued to deny the presence of...

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Confederate Flags and Nooses: Holding on to Symbols of American Racism

“Just because people don’t understand and don’t want to listen to the facts, they just see it as a fake and as a hoax.” “It’s a straight up noose. The FBI has stated it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR’s leadership has stated it was a noose. I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage, over my car… that it was a noose. Never seen anything like it. Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s...

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Empty Seats: The reckless need for something as meaningless as sports during a pandemic

“Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons. We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.” – World’s number one men’s tennis player...

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Not Under Siege: Dispelling the myth that Black Lives Matter protesters have targeted police

Several people have tried to convince me that police officers across the country are under siege by Black Lives Matter protesters. They are tying every officer shot in recent weeks to the protests. I decided to investigate. The most comprehensive database of officers killed in the line of duty is the Officer Down Memorial. PoliceOne.com also lists officers attacked across the nation. I looked at police officers shot and killed since George Floyd was murdered to ascertain the circumstances. This is what I found. Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, is paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable...

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A Radical Black Voice: William Monroe Trotter and his effort to hold a mirror up to nature

“Segregation was caused by friction between the colored and white clerks, and not done to injure or humiliate the colored clerks, but to avoid friction. The purpose of these measures was to reduce the friction. It is as far as possible from being a movement against the Negroes. I sincerely believe it to be in their interest.” – President Woodrow Wilson, after ordering federal government offices be segregated during his first term as President “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen.” – President Donald Trump, referring to anti-police violence protestors “Our...

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