The Truth about Sympathy, Empathy & Race in America: A Black Man’s Perspective

“I have no need for your sympathy, I welcome your empathy, yet require neither to grow into the highest version of human being the Creator would intend me to become.” –Dr Juneau Robbins

I am an optimist by nature, the blessed second son of a father who was humbly raised in a small African Canadian town near the border of Detroit, Michigan.  My father never knew his father, yet he strived, matured and developed to become the kind of man every fatherless child looks up to as a strong male role model and father figure.

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot … The St. Louis Rams

Prior to Sunday’s (Nov. 30) St. Louis Rams game against the Oakland Raiders, I had a Facebook status in my head all ready to go basically saying that if the Rams move to L.A., which is widely speculated, that I would disown them the same way I did the Arizona Cardinals. My saying was going to be “I’m loyal to St. Louis, not the Rams.”

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Honoring Leadership with the Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

On Monday, November 24th, President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom to eighteen recipients at the White House. Among the eighteen recipients were actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. Composer Stephen Sondheim, the nineteenth recipient, was unable to attend, but will receive his award at the 2015 event. Six of the eighteen awards were presented posthumously, three honoring three civil-rights workers who were murdered in 1964 while registering blacks to vote.

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World AIDS Day: Statistics Show Increase in HIV/AIDS Infection Rates Among African Americans

During a recent moment of reflection, I realized there are certain shared memories for every generation. One milestone in the 90’s was definitely Magic Johnson’s announcement that he was diagnosed with HIV on November 7, 1991. In the 23 years since his announcement, we have made some progress in promoting awareness of the disease but more work must be done to decrease the rate of new infections.

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Payton, a Rightful Life Borne of a Wrongful Act

A Wrongful Life?

During my first year of law school, my Torts professor and I had a tense exchange over the concept of ‘wrongful life.’ I was a 30-year-old recent college grad and divorced mom with two elementary school-aged children and a bundle of frazzled law student nerves. We were discussing cases about lawsuits brought for damages for unintentional deaths caused by doctors and cops. We then turned to whether plaintiffs should receive damages (money) for a botched medical procedure to avoid pregnancy or to avoid the birth of a child who would have a serious disease.

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