Dateline: Friday, August 21, 2020, Melrose, MA

This was originally published in a Melrose, MA Community Facebook group and on "The Melrose Patch", a local news site. An open message to the people of the City of Melrose: Look at my profile picture. Many of you have seen me on the corner of Essex and Main. I'm there three times a week. … Continue reading Dateline: Friday, August 21, 2020, Melrose, MA

I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

The Whole World is Watching?

I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching".  But this time?  That's not right.  The whole world is joining.  Paris.  London.  Cape Town.  Hong Kong.  Kolkata.  Jerusalem.  Berlin.  Athens.  Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river.  … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?