New Essay for The Daily Beast: The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson

I recently had the pleasure and privilege of enjoying a two hour conversation with a hero of mine, Jesse Jackson.

I told Jackson that the work he did, along with Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and others, not only freed black people in the United States from a brutal system of apartheid, oppression, and exploitation (work that continues), but also saved me – a white man born in 1985 – from inheriting the role of occupier, oppressor, and executioner. Albert Camus wrote that people must aspire to live as “neither victims or executioners.” The “Parks-King-Jackson” injection of freedom and justice into American democracy empowered all people to enjoy such aspiration.

In my new essay for the Daily Beast, however, I do not write about the civil rights movement, but the electoral extension of the civil rights movement – the Presidential Campaigns of Jesse Jackson in 1984 and ’88.

Important and liberating, Jackson’s campaigns deserve much more attention and celebration than the Democratic Party – often ungrateful – and the mainline media – often stupid and destructive – gives them.

In my new essay, I’m happy to, I hope, begin the reversal of such an ignorant trend.

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New Column for The Indianapolis Star: Obama’s Policies in Conflict with King’s Legacy

I’m running late posting this one, but I will say that the most important point of my latest column for the Indianapolis Star – “Obama’s Policies in Conflict with King’s Legacy” – is not the obvious that the President is a lying fool whose war crimes and disastrous management of domestic affairs are shameful, but that race, as proven by scientific discover, no longer has any meaning. Identity politics are stupid and dangerous, and those who engage in them, deserve equally harsh and dismissive labeling.

All human beings are 99.9 identical in our DNA. In the post-genome age of human understanding, to stand against racism is to reject the separation of people according to race.

Read the rest of the column to see how I attempt to relate the sociologically relevant discoveries of biology to contemporary American politics.