On Charleston, Willful Ignorance and History

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races –that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to...

America, Hispanics and Multicultural Marketing

As appeared in HispanicAd.com My grandmother’s parents emigrated from Romania in the early twentieth century. They spoke only Yiddish. My grandmother grew up in Boston and was bilingual, though clearly English preferred.   My father understood a little Yiddish, but...

Being Gay and Mainstream

It’s June, the month that cities around the country celebrate LGBTQI pride. Lots of corporations celebrate too, because they don’t see the risk in supporting the gay community that they once did. Gay has gone mainstream. And that’s great. But whenever something is...

Why We Can Expect More Baltimores

I’ll start with a caveat. Not every police shooting of an unarmed black man is just about race. Ferguson, Missouri may have been an exception; an investigation uncovered a history of ugly racial bias in the mostly-white police force – not to mention the entire city...