RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., December 2, 2014 – It has been a week since the not-so-grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. However, an indictment was handed down. It simply had nothing to do with the officer or victim and was extrajudicial in nature. It was an indictment of our society in general, its lack of respect for people and the law, and its misplaced priorities … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 25, 2014 – The shooting death of any human being is a tragedy. However, the shooting death of a Black individual by a White police officer is a temptation for the media and a selfish opportunity for others. If you had any doubt, you need only look to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
In a rational world, a legal process would be followed; the same legal process that is followed in every other type of case. Evidence would be gathered including but not limited to forensics, witness testimony, and any possible recording(s) of the incident … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., January 20, 2014 – As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it seems appropriate to consider what guidance he might have for us today. The following is an interpretation of how such an interview might go, almost exclusively using words from his most famous quotes (which are italicized for clarity).
TJ: Dr. King, it is a pleasure to speak with you.
Dr. King: The pleasure is mine. Please, call me Martin.
TJ: Thank you, sir. You have had a profound effect on our Nation. While most Americans associate you with your civil rights efforts, many do not recognize your passion for the causes of education, peace, and life in general. You also have been quite astute in your observation of politics.
May we touch upon those subjects?
Dr. King: Most certainly … Read more