How many deaths will it take til we know That too many people have died? —Blowin’ in the Wind, by Bob Dylan A Fatal In-Home Shooting On Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Monroe County, Mississippi, a 9-year-old boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister, Dijonae White, in the back of the head after she refused to … More #Enough Is Enough: How Many More Deaths Will It Take?
As often happens, lately, I was awakened from a blissful evening nap tonight by the sound of Don Cheetolini making a pronouncement. Tonight’s pronouncement was his choice for the Supreme Court, and the television was on CBS (my least favorite news source—next to FOX). Putting aside Cheetolini’s grandiose “God Bless our Glorious Nation,” at the … More Live from The Twilight Zone
I dreaded this day. And, unfortunately, the dreaded day did not disappoint. The dread began to intensify yesterday evening, as I watched the one snippet of news I allowed myself: a reporter from msnbc was standing in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. His dark suit stood out in stark contrast to the eerie … More The Day America Died: January 20, 2017
This past week was filled with sleepless nights and listless days. I could not focus on anything useful or positive or productive. I could not write. I could barely stand to read the newspapers, or watch the endless cycle of media rehashes of Senate Hearings, of bizarre hackings (by Russia) of those same hearings on … More To Sleep; Perchance to Dream, Only to Wake Up in the Same Nightmare
Since my last post [https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2016/11/16/the-day-after-one-week-later/], nearly a month ago, I have been in despair over the man who would be president. I can’t even say his name anymore. And I’ve run out of nicknames for him—Adolph Cheetolini was one of my favorites. I’ve tried limiting my television exposure to the news—mainstream and cable. On Facebook … More A #NeverTrump, #NotMyPresident Rant
One week ago, yesterday, the Unthinkable happened. The United States of America elected Donald J. Trump to be its 45th President. At this hour, 7:28 pm, on Tuesday last, I was getting ready to join some friends for a Watch Party, where we were expecting to celebrate the election of the first woman president. But … More The Day After—One Week Later
I’ve just come home from my Second Debate Night Watch Party. After all the angst and drama of the last 48+ hours, I really had no idea what to expect. Would Donald Trump Drumpf even make it to the debate? And if he did, would he finally come unhinged and turn into the Frankenstein Monster, … More Hillary vs. Donald: Debate Night 2
On Friday, on the advice of a good friend, I listened to the NPR Friday News Roundup, also known as The Diane Rehm Show. The scheduled topics were Donald Trump’s shifting positions on immigration, Hillary Clinton’s pushback on Trump’s racism comments and the continuing email “scandal,” the Clinton Foundation boondoggle, and the EpiPen price-gouging scandal. … More So You Think Trump Is Sure to Lose? Don’t Be Too Sure—The Trump Threat is Yuge!
The Battle We Face Two very different blog posts that I came across on my Facebook newsfeed last week discuss the painful truth about the choice we face in this presidential election. It is a fundamental truth that is deeper than political party or ideology. It is that most basic human choice; indeed, the duality … More The Choice We Face in The Presidential Election: Part II
Confessions of a Lifelong Democrat I became a political junkie in 1960, at the tender age of 7, when I watched the presidential debate between a young, handsome, confident John F. Kennedy and an older, pinched, sweating Richard M. Nixon. I watched the debate from my little TV chair in my grandparents’ dining room. I … More The Choice We Face in The Presidential Election: Part I