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Author: Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson: Why the Emmett Till Antilynching Act is mostly just another empty gesture

Nearly seventeen years ago my mentor Dr. James Cameron returned from a trip to the Senate chambers when they issued an apology for never passing an anti-lynching bill. As a lynching survivor and creator of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, he was center stage as the Senate did something to “make up” for never passing a federal law to make lynching a federal crime. That same year, 2005, I made the second of what would become three trips to Marion, Indiana, the site of the lynching Cameron survived on August 7, 1930. I visited the jail he was removed from...

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Racists in mirror are closer than they appear: The false premise only some people can be true Americans

First they came for the Blacks, and I did not speak out – because I was not Black. Then they came for the women, and I did not speak out — because I was not a woman. Then they came for the gays, and I did not speak out — because I was not gay. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me. This is a modern version of the famous lines by German Pastor Martin Niemöller. I changed the groups to represent current issues in America. Those who want to...

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Reggie Jackson: My problem with how the American public reacted to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.” – Will Smith...

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Dear America: We have heard your whitewashed version of history. It is time you hear the truth.

“Truth-telling is not the cause of the divisions in the country. A refusal to accept the truth is the cause.” – Reggie Jackson 2021 “Legislators in Iowa and Florida have introduced bills that would install cameras in classrooms for parents to monitor what is being taught to children. A proposed Oklahoma law would allow parents to sue teachers for up to $10,000 for teaching material that is “in opposition to closely held religious beliefs of students”, which is generally believed to be a reference to LGBTQ content. A bill in Florida seeks to restrict in-classroom discussions of sexual orientation...

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Do Black Lives Matter? Part 4: The devaluation of Black people in science and medicine

This article is one of a special four-part series for Black History Month 2022. Reggie Jackson paints a picture of how we got to our current state, detailing a people who have been treated as less than human beings, and then less than first class citizens throughout our time in America. Each weekly article looks at the forces, institutions, policies, laws, and social environments that have forced us to proclaim our lives matter, in a nation that has refused to even acknowledge our basic humanity. https://mkeind.com/BlackLivesBHM2022 “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking...

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Do Black Lives Matter? Part 3: The devaluation of Black people in the criminal justice system

This article is one of a special four-part series for Black History Month 2022. Reggie Jackson paints a picture of how we got to our current state, detailing a people who have been treated as less than human beings, and then less than first class citizens throughout our time in America. Each weekly article looks at the forces, institutions, policies, laws, and social environments that have forced us to proclaim our lives matter, in a nation that has refused to even acknowledge our basic humanity. https://mkeind.com/BlackLivesBHM2022 “Not a breeze comes to us now from the late rebellious States that...

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