Inequality — The Achilles heel of American pandemic response

There always have been two Americas — the America of the “haves” and the America of the “have-nots.” These two Americas look nothing alike, and systemic structures have been built, reshaped and rebuilt to make sure the “haves” are not negatively impacted, inconvenienced or made uncomfortable by the hunger, oppression, poverty and suffering of the … Continue reading Inequality — The Achilles heel of American pandemic response

Emmett Till, ‘Strange Fruit,’ and the stench of political mendacity

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” When Billie Holiday sang those words in 1939 she evoked the forlorn pain of black America, living constantly in the shadow of the … Continue reading Emmett Till, ‘Strange Fruit,’ and the stench of political mendacity