Learning democracy is just as important as learning math

This essay appeared in the newsletter of Concerned Citizens Defending Democracy, a new organization dedicated to "promoting democratic institutions, deliberative dialogues, and racial justice and reconciliation." Sam Smith - While we repeatedly discuss the problems our country faces, we pay little attention to how we teach our children to deal with these matters as they … Continue reading Learning democracy is just as important as learning math

Bits from the past: Living east of the Capitol in the 1960s

Sam Smith - In my 1960s neighborhood east of the US Capitol, the Age of Aquarius often looked more like a war zone. Many of the people there were not part of a counter-culture but of an abandoned culture. Even the jukebox at the Stanton Grill -- purveyors of Greek and American food to white … Continue reading Bits from the past: Living east of the Capitol in the 1960s

The strangest thing about our ethnic relations

 Sam Smith – The strangest thing about ethnic relations in this country is the lack of organizations and movements pushing not only anti-racism, but also helping our different cultures actually like and get along with each other. Imagine if the major standard for marriage was just opposition to anti-feminism, righteous as that is. Or if … Continue reading The strangest thing about our ethnic relations