Category Archives: Social Ethics

THE REAL KING

During the last three years of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., was making some changes in his approach to realizing his vision of the beloved community. After having received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964 and witnessing the … Continue reading

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CALIFANO MISREPRESENTS JOHNSON’S ROLE

Any representation of Martin Luther King, Jr., will always be hopelessly inadequate in my estimation—so enamored of the real deal am I!  I think the enactment by David Oyelowo is less than satisfactory; I feel he does not really capture … Continue reading

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Freedom of Expression? Yes!

As an advocate of nonviolent direct action, I believe there are always alternatives to violence that can be effective and instructive. Continue reading

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REMEMBERING MARIO CUOMO

I did not know Mario Cuomo personally, but I came to admire him a lot—not for his role as a politician and three-term governor of New York, but for his citizenship, service, and truth-telling about the obscenities of xenophobia in … Continue reading

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VINCENT HARDING: MY KIND OF HERO!

As a matter of fact, Harding, so frustrated with U.S. escalation of the war in Vietnam, finally convinced King, after two years, officially to speak out against the military endeavor. Continue reading

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TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA

The death of Steve Biko in prison in South Africa captured many college students on campuses across the United States.  I was one of those students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, as I was asked to perform a memorial … Continue reading

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U.S. SUPREME COURT AUTHORIZES VOTER SUPPRESSION

After extensive research that exposed discriminatory practices in voting still existed, the 109th Congress elected to extend the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 for twenty-five more years.  On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck that extension … Continue reading

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LOVE IS THE ANSWER

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston echoed the words of Jesus, Jane Addams, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others, in asserting that “we must build a civilization of love, or there will be no civilization at all.”  Many criticized … Continue reading

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SPEED LIMIT: MINIMIZING THE MAXIMUM

As a card-caring member of the American Civil Liberties Union (when I am up-to-date with my annual fee), I greatly enjoy freedom of expression and the ability to do what I please as long as I am not injuring another.  … Continue reading

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GUN VIOLENCE

As a nonviolent activist and pacifist, I am opposed to the resolution of conflict, both interpersonal and international included, by bullets.  As Martin Luther King, Jr., has stated, we have allowed our technology to outdistance our theology.  The increased access … Continue reading

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