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Ron Powell

Ron Powell
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New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Birthday
August 18
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"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."----Martin Luther King, Jr.… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 6:01AM

White Folks of the Bible

As I read Lezlie's "Historical not Hysterical post, I couldn't help but wonder, again, why Hollywood continues to blow opportunity after opportunity to be honest and truthful re the visual representations of (heroic?) Biblical figures....

In her post she wrote:  "Yesterday I watched yet anotherRead full post »

Revised and reposted from the "Open Dialogue On Race" series posted here in 2009.......

Code words, symbols, stereotypes, & myths are the means by which institutions and individuals transmit, maintain and reinforce racial prejudice and racial discrimination between groups andRead full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2013 9:35AM

Reform It or Lose It!

 The following post is a comment  inspired by Lezlie's recent post, U.S. Politics: Theater of the Absurd:

I believe that in light of the current rating that congress has been given by "we, the people", some reforms would seem to be in order:

1.) Term limits: 2 terms for senators and 4… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2013 11:03AM

If This Shut-Down Shit Works....

Well, they've gone and done it... The Republican nut jobs have shown that they're willing to destroy the country before they'll let a black man appear to be effective or successful as President of the United States...

This entire debacle is a manifestation of race based politics at the highest possib… Read full post »

White flight is a term that originated in the United States, starting in the mid-20th century, and applied to the large-scale migration of whites of various European ancestries from racially mixed urban regions to more racially homogeneous suburban or exurban regions.

Now the term may well b

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The Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War in 1648, is important in modern international relations theory, and is often defined as the beginning of the international system and  the discipline by which International Relations theorists have identified several  … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 9:43AM

White Privilege and The Silent majority

The notion or concept of the "silent majority" was devised in order to provide the average white person a way to identify with the vast majority of white people who weren't actively and openly engaged in the protests and civil disobedience that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement...The idea bei… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2013 1:57PM

Goodbye and Farewell, Sirenita

 Sirenita LakeSirenita Lake

I'm certain that anyone who knew her will miss her...As I do...

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JULY 27, 2013 5:52AM

Interlude for Sirenita

 

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I am asking that those of you, who are inclined to do so, say a little prayer for Sirenita Lake....

And those of you who are not so disposed, please stop what you're doing for a moment, pause and reflect on what you can do and say here thatRead full post »

JULY 24, 2013 10:17PM

Sirenita's Beethoven

 

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"...He had exquisite foresight as to how music would evolve in the future. He was an astounding piano improvisateur, which moved Mozart to prophesy, “He will give the world something worth listening to.” The last movement of the “WaldsteiRead full post »

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court held that African Americans, whether slave or free, could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court....

Writing for the (7-2) majority, C… Read full post »

In joining with the majority in  striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Clarence Thomas has shown, once again, that he simply is not big enough for the job.....

Rather than exercise a modicum of independent thought and expression, Thomas chooses to be the shadow and

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The current Paula Deen racism debacle/scandal gives rise to a question or two:

Should racists be publicly excoriated and ostracized for their racist behavior and beliefs?

Is termination of employment and banishment from public life enough to discourage and bring an expeditious end to racism?

I'm sure… Read full post »

The sexual element/component of racism and racist attitudes/beliefs should not be overlooked, dismissed or approached lightly....
 
To steal a line from the movie "A Few God Men", "deep down in places that you don't talk about at parties" race and racism are inextricab
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APRIL 29, 2013 6:31AM

The Senate No Vote: Gun Rack Racism

This is a bushmaster .223

It isn't just a gun, it's an assault rifle....

To put it another way, it's a weapon of mass destruction....

It's the weapon that was used to slaughter children in their school in Newtown, CT.

As many as 90% of the voting population believe thatRead full post »

House Negro (also House Nigger) is a pejorative term for a black person, used to compare someone to a house slave of a slave owner from the historic period of legal slavery in the US. The term comes from a 1963 speech, "Message to the Grass Roots", given by African AmericanRead full post »

On Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey,

This, (Sister Jean's Soup Kitchen), is directly across the street

 from....

...This 

 

One is open for one hour five days a week, the other is open twenty four/seven....

Care to guess which? Read full post »

My mother would tell folks at family gatherings, or house guests of one sort or another that, when I was in the toddler stages of life, all she need do, while shopping for groceries, was put me in front of the book rack, where I would sit quietly 'playing' with theRead full post »

 
 

February is Black History Month. 

Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This

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APRIL 3, 2012 6:52PM

Me, The Piano, and Pianists

I took lessons between the ages of five and thirteen.

However, I didn't really begin to learn until I began to learn to listen.....to everybody and everything.

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The woman with whom I shared quarters with for a number of years, rececntly sent me an email in response to some commentary I sent her regarding the Trayvon Martin Matter.  
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Atlantic City Weekly 

 Pianist Ron Powell Plays at

Capriccio Sunday Brunch

By Jeff Schwachter, Aug. 5, 2011

Ron Powell at Capriccio: Photo by Craig Billow

ATLANTIC CITY —  Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel has had many firsts this year — the roll-out… Read full post »
MARCH 1, 2012 4:17PM

On Being Sixty

A close friend of mine turned sixty last month. She seemed a bit melancholy , introspective, and apprehensive as she reflected on reaching this personal milestone.   Having reached that milestone myself several years ago, I thought it appropriate that I offer some words of wisdom… Read full post »