Donald Trump dismisses Black Lives Matter protesters as a bunch of “anarchists.” Meanwhile, many of those protesters proudly wear that label as a statement. I suspect neither understands what anarchism really is. To Trump and his supporters, anarchism is like the Devil — something they don’t understand; they are not even sure exists at all; but they know it is bad, and therefore something to blame things on: “This is the work of the Devil/Anarchists.” …
I was disappointed, but not surprised, at the news that Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended from the Olympics just because of a positive cannabis test. This was one more story in a long history of inequality of opportunity at the event which is supposed to unite us all — the Olympic Games. My own family was part of that history, and there is more that remains to be written. That was Abe Kiviat, cousin of my grandfather Isadore Kiviat. (I’ve never pinned down the exact relation, but according to my Mother, he was from the “richer” side of the Kiviat family).
There’s this idea that fairness means always getting what you want, and everyone enjoys complete equality. Some people think not getting a job offer counts as unfairness, if they don’t like the reason.
No. Fairness is not getting want you want - it's getting what you need. No, literal "equality" is not the goal, because everyone is different. My starting point and my goal is the ideal of my grandparents:
From each according to ability,
To each according to need.
Each of us has different abilities; each of us have different needs. So when I say something is unfair or unequal, I mean it is blocking someone's opportunity to contribute to society to the best of their abilities; or it is blocking someone from receiving what they need, when we have the capability to provide it.
Thank you for pointing this out. Labeling people, especially, is a hostile act. I know this very well - as a lawyer, it is my job to put labels on people and their actions, in order to make them pay money, do something they don't want to do or not do something they want to do, put them in jail, or even have them killed ("first degree murder with special circumstances.") Labels are weapons and shields in my arsenal - you don't want me using them on you any more than you want me to point a gun at you.
That’s way too over-used.
“Freedom” is a word that is thrown around a lot — usually by people who have no idea what it means. The “freedoms” claimed these days include.
Freedom from masks — which really means “freedom” to harm others.
Freedom from government control — which usually means “freedom” only for those invoking it, but not for anyone else.
Freedom of Religion — which really means freedom to impose your religion on me.
Freedom of Speech — which really means freedom to incite an angry mob to violence.
Three thousand years ago, my ancestors were supposedly “freed” from…
Do not be so quick to cheer the SCOTUS decision supposedly “upholding” Obamacare. The death-bell does not just toll for Texas — it tolls for thee.
The headline for the U.S. Supreme Court decision of California v. Texas (6/17/2021) was “Obamacare Upheld Again.” That was not true. The Court did NOT uphold “Obamacare.” It never reached the issues raised against that Act. Instead, it threw out the case because the plaintiffs did not have “standing.” Isn’t the result the same? No, it’s not. Because it was thrown out based on standing, someone else with proper standing can still bring suit…
…a nation should be celebrating, commemorating, or paying tribute to Black people, I do believe that we should be careful about the ways in which we choose to celebrate. Juneteenth is not for everyone and should not be purported to be as such. The continual triumph and excellence in spite of perpetual persecution of all Black people in the Un…
Renee Nishawn Scott
I agree with being "careful about the ways in which we choose to celebrate" but disagree with the idea that "Juneteenth is not for everyone." The June 19, 1865 General Order it celebrates itself was problematic (see my article below). But declaring it a federal holiday is an opportunity for all of us to study that past and think about how much farther we all have to go.
I say the same thing about the "Jewish" holiday of Passover, which also celebrates emancipation from slavery. The lesson of Passover, as the lesson for Juneteenth, should be the continuing fight against…
On February 4, 2021, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, or “PRO Act.” The PRO Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which regulates private-sector labor relations in the United States. Supporters hail it as a “game changer” for workers, while detractors denounce it as full of “dangerous” ideas which will destroy the economy.
The occasion was driving from the Chumash occupation of Point Conception to Los Angeles. We had all been part of the occupation, which was to protest plans to build a natural gas terminal at Point Conception, which the Chumash consider to be the site where the dead leave the Earth to travel to the West. [That project was eventually abandoned, by the way]. This discussion took place as we were driving from Point Conception to literally a few miles from “where I came from” — the hospital in Hollywood, California, where I was born.
Your cover photo is what I now do in nearly all the classes I teach. (I use a real single dollar bill, not a stack of fake $100s).
First of all, it wakes everyone up and evokes a strong, sometimes violent reaction. It is interesting that people react more violently to burning a dollar bill than spilling a $5 coffee. They consider money to be sacred, something to be worshipped, not destroyed.
The educational value of burning a dollar bill is to ask the question: WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Or specifically: IS THERE NOW LESS WEALTH IN THE WORLD?
Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.