Witnessing

Witnessing is an important human activity and responsibility. Sometimes witnessing is a planned activity, like attending or watching and listening to a concert, play, movie, sporting event or a church worship service and then reporting (orally or in writing) what happened to others. Witnessing sometimes, however, is not planned beforehand when you observe something happening … Continue reading Witnessing

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

  As of 5/4/20 # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 President … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

“The 1619 Project” Commemorates the Arrival of Slavery in the U.S.

On August 18, 2019, the Sunday New York Times commemorated the arrival of the first slaves in what became in the Colony of Virginia with its Sunday Magazine totally devoted to slavery in the U.S. (“The 1619 Project”). [1] The Project “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing … Continue reading “The 1619 Project” Commemorates the Arrival of Slavery in the U.S.

Evaluating Bryan Stevenson Through the Prism of President Obama’s Howard University Speech

President Obama’s commencement address at Howard University was examined in a prior post. The key points in Obama’s speech for this evaluation are the following: “Be confident in your heritage.  Be confident in your blackness.” African Americans have a “particular awareness of injustice and unfairness and struggle.  That means we cannot sleepwalk through life.  We … Continue reading Evaluating Bryan Stevenson Through the Prism of President Obama’s Howard University Speech

Important Criminal Justice Work Continued by Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), based in Montgomery, Alabama, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. This work continued in 2016. It “won relief for nearly a dozen condemned … Continue reading Important Criminal Justice Work Continued by Equal Justice Initiative

Honoring Victims of Racial Lynchings and Injustice 

On August 16 the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) of Montgomery Alabama announced plans for two projects honoring victims of U.S. racial lynchings and injustice.[1] One is the Memorial for Peace and Justice to honor the over 4,000 black victims of lynchings that will sit on six acres, the highest spot in Montgomery, the first capital … Continue reading Honoring Victims of Racial Lynchings and Injustice 

U.S. Supreme Court Extends Parole Rights for Juveniles Convicted of Murder             

On January 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, 6-3, that its 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama banning life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers must be applied retroactively.[1] Important for the Court was its conclusion that the earlier decision had been grounded on the diminished culpability of all juvenile offenders, who are, the Court said, … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Extends Parole Rights for Juveniles Convicted of Murder             

Bryan Stevenson’s Amazing Advocacy for Justice      

  Now based in Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is conducting amazing advocacy for racial justice in many different ways: as an attorney for individuals who have been victimized by the U.S. criminal justice system; as the founder of a non-profit human rights organization (the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)) devoted to those causes; as an author … Continue reading Bryan Stevenson’s Amazing Advocacy for Justice      

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2016)

  # Date Title 785 01/01/16 Report on dwkcommentaries–2015 786 01/01/16 Pope Francis’ Message for World Peace 787 01/03/16 Book Group Tackles Norman Maclean’s “The River Runs Through It” 415A 01/04/16 Comment: New Quarters for Hennepin County Jury Assembly Room 788 01/04/16 Thoughts About “The River Runs Through It” 777B 01/06/16 Comment: NPR Commends Minnesota … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries–Chronological (2016)

University Students Investigate Jim Crow-Era Killings

Students at Atlanta’s Emory University are investigating Jim Crow-era murders of blacks in Georgia. They then publish their results online. This is the focus of Emory’s “The Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project.” Similar projects exist at least three other universities. Important federal legislation and actions by the U.S. Department of Justice provide important background … Continue reading University Students Investigate Jim Crow-Era Killings