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Author: Reggie Jackson

When society is itself the tyrant: Understanding why America has never been a Democracy of the people

“We’re tired of all this beatin’, we’re tired of takin’ this. It’s been a hundred years and we’re still being beaten and shot at, crosses are still being burned, because we want to vote. But I’m goin’ to stay in Mississippi and if they shoot me down, I’ll be buried here. But I don’t want equal rights with the White man, if I did, I’d be a thief and a murderer. But the White man is the scardest person on earth. Out in the daylight he don’t do nothin’. But at night he’ll toss a bomb or pay someone...

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Un-Whitewashing MLK: Seeing a true legacy that heroification has kept long hidden

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” – Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” August 28, 1963 When the famous words of Dr. King from the “I Have A Dream” Speech begin to be used by covertly and even overtly racist people to promote a new form of White domination, I know it is way past the time we re-teach who Dr. King...

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Same old “Lost Cause” Myth: We should stop pretending that the “Big Lie” is something new in America

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble to the United States Constitution I keep hearing the phrase “the Big Lie” over and over. People are clamoring about the lie that Donald Trump had the election stolen from him. They call this the “Big Lie.” It’s just another of the never-ending lies that...

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Year In Review 2021: A journey to Alabama on the long road of America’s unjust history

2021 began a second year with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, and the near collapse of American Democracy. Even with a vaccination for COVID-19, much of the turbulence from 2020 continued because of weaponized politics. That social trauma aggravated the public health crisis, and the economy’s struggle to recover. While the year did not present the same risks of physical injury for journalism as the previous, the editorial staff of Milwaukee Independent experienced many difficult challenges in the process of reporting the news and preserving those conditions with images. The Year In Review (YIR) series has evolved from a simple...

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Only liars fear truth: Parents of color want America to know that our children’s education matters

“One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, dimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only remember that he was a splendid constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner… and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.” – W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction...

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Reggie Jackson: Stop conflating “social justice” advocacy with “anti-social justice” rhetoric

“Supporting our LGBTQ students and staff does not ‘infringe’ on the rights on anyone else … it just assures that all rights are being supported … not just those of a vocal group.” – Carrie Kummrow, President of the Education Association of Waukesha Recently, special education kindergarten teacher Sarah Whaley, a teacher in Waukesha, was suspending for a day without pay because she refused to take down a pride flag she had in her classroom. The School District of Waukesha sent out an email to all staff on August 20 saying: Our classroom environments need to be engaging, reflect...

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