When I was born Dwight Eisenhower was President and his Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy were preparing to run against each other for the Office of President.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists like Medgar Evers were campaigning for the rights of Black Americans and others and would lose their lives in doing it within a few years. In that time Blacks were violently attacked even in church, the 15 September 1963 Street Baptist Church bombing. Just 6 years before I was born a 14 year old boy named Emmit Till was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman. His killers backed by a surge of popular support were acquitted of the murder and a few months later confessed to the murder unable to be prosecuted under double jeopardy. Blacks did not gain legal protections enjoyed by whites until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
When I was a teenager my home town of Stockton California desegregated its schools. I am proud to be part of the first class at Edison High School that completed all of its high school years in that environment. I remember those times fondly and my friends there are all my “Soul Vike” brothers and sisters.
I know this but I never believed that I would see racism become fashionable again. But then I should have seen it coming because it has always been there maybe just under the surface but still there. Back in 2009 I was attacked and threatened by a White Supremacist in response to articles about World War II and a baseball game on this site.
The battle against racism and for the civil rights of minorities has been a part of my life since High School. Over the past number of years that fight has expanded for me as I look to the rights of women, the LGBT community as well as religious minorities, free thinkers and other dissenters.
These articles reflect much of my thought. Some are about the the struggle of blacks in America and the sacrifices of various individuals including Dr Martin Luther King Jr, pioneer African Americans in the military and politics, the courageous men who broke the racial barrier in baseball and the men of the Negro Leagues. There are articles about laws, justice and injustice, political commentary as well as articles dealing with religious issues and the LGBT struggles to find acceptance in society.
I will update this page periodically. There are quite a few topics that I plan on writing about and there are many times when current events trigger more thoughts and make me more of an advocate for the civil, political, economic, legal and even religious rights of all Americans, but especially those who face real discrimination every day.