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Why reparations from 1619 to now?

A year before the Mayflower arrived in 1620, the first group of enslaved Africans depicted as “20 and odd Negroes” arrived sometime during the final week of August to the Virginia colony of Jamestown. The fact that the exact date cannot be pinpointed assists in obfuscating the origins of slavery in the United States.

Accessing Pride

My mother is a retired teacher who oversaw the department for students who were blind and low vision.

First reporting cycle shows Stephen Whitburn leading the pack in Council District 3

First reporting cycle shows Stephen Whitburn leading the pack in Council District 3.

SAN DIEGO, CA -- In the race for San Diego City Council District 3, Stephen Whitburn reports the strongest total cash contributions for the first reporting period from January 1 - June 30, 2019.

The fundraising report filed with the San Diego City Clerk’s office shows Whitburn’s total exceeding $60,000.

Watching these exhausting debates closely

Watching these exhausting debates closely.

Did you watch Tuesday night’s Democratic debate? The race to the White House for Democrats is an exhausting one, and I’m simply watching the battle on television. 

The topic of President Trump’s xenophobia and racism will dominate these debates.

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center.

I always have plenty of time to think when I’m visiting at Otay Mesa Detention Center because getting through processing is time-consuming. I’ll spare you all the really boring details, but sitting in a room for 1 to 2 hours without a cell phone is a lesson in patience.

"Cats" isn't a great musical to begin with, but give the movie a chance

The movie adaptation of the musical Cats dropped a trailer on Thursday and is not getting the respect that the studio wanted I'm pretty sure. It was actually a full trailer and not the hype generating teaser used so often these days to tantalize the audience. I'm thinking the PR department did that anticipating people would love it. Alas, they didn't.

Volume on xenophobia and racism on blast

The first time I heard the racial trope “Go back to where you came from,” I was getting off of a school bus in a white section of town in Brooklyn, New York.

Little did I know then I’d hear those words from K through 12, and the n-word was usually coming at the end of the phrase than the beginning.