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February 8, 2018

The casual acceptance of rioting by Philadelphia Eagles fans over winning the Super Bowl got me to thinking not only about how San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL for simply taking a knee to protest police brutality, but how, in 2014, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was widely...

February 8, 2018

I can't say I was surprised this week when Philadelphia Eagles fans tore up the city when their team won the Super Bowl.

And I can't say that I was surprised when many people acquiesced the vandalism, window-smashing and car overturning as hijinks and not thuggery.

That's because football is part of Americana - and smashing windows,...

February 5, 2018

Throughout my journalism career, I've worked in the South. I started out at The Pensacola News-Journal, where I finally persuaded the editors to publish a piece on the Pensacola Creoles - many of whom had spent most of their lives trying to conceal their African-American roots, and had frightened a couple of the top editors with l...

February 5, 2018

Many people were appalled that Yo Gotti, a local guy who made good by purveying profanity and misogyny into a successful hip-hop career, was briefly glorified as a role model on a billboard. I say that his success, one that doesn't happen for many people who grow up surrounded by poverty and gangs, is an example of him making lemo...

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