Some positive approaches to ethnic relations

Sam Smith Because of the cruel  history of ethnic relations there is an emphasis on problems, crises and outrageous examples, but far less attention to the positive results of improved relations and how to reach them. Here are just a few suggestions that I’ve gathered from my own life. Treat multicultural relations as an asset … Continue reading Some positive approaches to ethnic relations

Gatherings for the non-religious

Sam Smith – As a long time Seventh Day Agnostic who majored in anthropology I both ignore religion’s theology and respect its moral and ethical role in society. As Americans increasingly grow less interested in religion, moral and ethical matters are also losing their longtime home. Consider, for example, the role that religions have played … Continue reading Gatherings for the non-religious

Easing multi-ethnic conflict by creating multi-ethnic alliances

Sam Smith – One of the great problems with the way that we approach ethnic discrimination is that we rarely discuss cures other than the condemnation of its examples. The media, for example, seldom discusses solutions. This approach is in full swing right now as can be seen in how little real police reform is … Continue reading Easing multi-ethnic conflict by creating multi-ethnic alliances

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESEGREGATION OF GLEN ECHO AMUSEMENT PARK

Sam Smith – In the summer of 1960, a local Washington movement formed to end the policy of segregation at Glen Echo Amusement Park. Howard University students, members of the Bannockburn community, the local NAACP, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church and the Wheaton-Kensington Democratic Club, all picketed the park on a daily basis, as well as … Continue reading 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESEGREGATION OF GLEN ECHO AMUSEMENT PARK

The Supreme Court will decide whether America is now a dictatorship

Sam Smith - The Trump case now before the Supreme Court could be the most important decision by that body in our history. As Paul Waldman put it in the Washington Post: It’s almost impossible to overstate how appalling the arguments by Trump’s lawyers have been. They have claimed kingly powers for the president — … Continue reading The Supreme Court will decide whether America is now a dictatorship