Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Waltz, and Niccolò Machiavelli were on tap in my IR class today. There is nothing like challenging students’ moral dilemma with game theory and pragmatic examples. Yep — if I robbed a bank to pay my student loans they would not turn me in. It was at this point the number of contradictions were seen. Machiavelli’s criminal virtues and the role of the church made for good examples.
“The Negro in America is a social and not a personal or human problem. To think of him is to think of statistics, slums, rapes, injustices, remote violence.” James Baldwin
Baldwin reflecting on the indictment and predicament of Jim Crow, another consequence of W.E.B. Du Bois’s color-line thesis. I think about all the brothers and sisters who are in jail due to societal ills, vice, and poverty. Education is the greatest savior for the Negro; however, he has been given a lie for years. It is not the Negro church that will save him, but the Negro mind.
Great class discussion that centered around this video clip here.
As chair of the Communist Party USA Boston, I represented the Communist Party USA on this conference panel sponsored by BSUP to discuss the Party. During Q & A, a young white male from my home state of Alabama asked about our movements and why we have ignored a state in dire need of mass organization. I assured him that Alabama is on my mind and that I have not abandoned it. I do hope to return home as a teacher, mentor, and leader of social movements. Oh, and to spend more time with Mom and Dad.
It is one of my favorite days here on campus. As a member of the Diversity Leadership Council, I have enjoyed working with colleagues and students as we focus on our admission in advancing the notion of community inclusiveness. Both students and faculty members participated in delivering workshops.
Above I am discussing the importance of being an ally, and how the various dynamics of power often works against good people who elect to be bystanders.
We had Alex Myers as our keynote speaker. He is amazing. Alex noted this about himself on his webpage: Alex was raised as a girl (Alice) and left Maine to attend boarding school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Alex came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman, and was the first transgender student in that Academy’s history. After Exeter, Alex earned his bachelor’s at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and living in the Dudley Co-op. Alex was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the University’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity.
Read more here about Unity Day 2017.
At the #NoMuslimBan rally in Boston?
Fantastic article published in the New Republic. The author writes,”How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right?” I do not think Trump did this; I suspect the religious right prefer idolatry and power over love and Christ (opinion). “To alt-right Christians, Trump’s appeal isn’t based on the kind of social-issue litmus tests long favored by the religious right. According to Brad Griffin, a white supremacist activist in Alabama, “the average evangelical, not-too-religious Southerner who’s sort of a populist” was drawn to Trump primarily “because they like the attitude.” Besides, he adds, many on the Christian right don’t necessarily describe themselves as “evangelical” for theological reasons; it’s more “a tribal marker for a lot of these people.” See article here.