Category Archives: Society

Wordcraft: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Listening to the replay of Tanya Free’s recent radio show reminded me that I should share my thoughts about Arlie Russell Hochschild’s National Book Award-Nominated work, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. (Ahem) I did … Continue reading

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Charles M. Blow to Trump Cheerleader I’m Not Your Petting Zoo Animal

  I love Charles M. Blow. I may not always agree with him, but he’s on point most of the time and is a fiery writing reflects a constant synchronization of signals with the African diasporic struggle. If you have … Continue reading

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Sunday Smack: Can Your Personal Medical Data Put You in Jail?

We could simply praise the brilliant police work that led to the arrest of Middletown resident Ross Compton for allegedly setting his home on fire. Or we can be alarmed by what appears to be a pillar stripped away from … Continue reading

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Coons, Trump and Saving Chicago

I’m going to break an editorial rule for this blog and cover more than one main idea — namely cooning and lowering the City of Chicago’s crime rate.  You place the blame Donald Trump’s debut Black History Month event as … Continue reading

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Trump’s Alternative Black History: Endorsement of White Terrorism

After watching President Donald Trump get his talking point wrong about Frederick Douglass’ current status on earth, I percolated the idea of creating daily posts of the humorous sort about Trump’s Alternative Black History — but ultimately decided against this … Continue reading

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Sure, Protest the Muslim Ban. Then Protest This.

The Fourth Book of Funkadelic, chapter two, verse three saw the hollow howls against totalitarianism years ago: You say you don’t like what your country’s about (yeah) Ain’t you deep In your semi-first class seat You picket this and protest … Continue reading

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Reduce Stress — Stop Making Celebrities Your Spokespersons

After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and pleading through the media to give the new leader of the free world a chance to make life better for the Black community, media star Steve Harvey made many of you more pissed when … Continue reading

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mentalunrest’s 2016 Person of the Year

I’ve decided to riff on Time Magazine and name my own Person of the Year, plus four entries for the short list. Needless to say that my take will differ a bit. 1. Vladimir Putin The Russia President changed the decades-long Neoliberal … Continue reading

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WordCraft: The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky

The 2016 National Book Award-winning poetry book, The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky, describes a depressing and violent world of wars, societal dismemberment from the assault of free trade agreements, migrant crises, inequality, xenophobia, and dictatorial oligarchs. Borzutzky’s … Continue reading

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POST-ELECTION MEDITATIONS: WE’LL SURVIVE TRUMP

We lived under the leadership of a Ku Klux Klan-loving President who broadly rejected Japan’s 1919 Treaty of Versailles amendment that would view all races and countries as equals — likely because this President had more colonial ambitions to chase … Continue reading

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