Category Archives: Hot Topics

Opinions on a wide range of topics.

Hank Aaron stays in the box on issues of race

  One of the more memorable moments of my career occurred more than 40 years ago when I, then a Newsday sports writer, interviewed Henry Aaron at his Atlanta Braves locker.  I listened intently, as he spoke of the pressure … Continue reading

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Resurrection of the N-word, Part II

For those determined to abolish the word, ‘nigger,’ from the National Football League (NFL) and, indeed, the vocabularies of humankind, consider the satisfaction you’ve brought to the advocates of censorship and racial discrimination.  Sadly, your thinking is in concert with … Continue reading

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Twelve Years A Slave Resurrects the ‘N’ Word

Producer Brad Pitt, director Steve McQueen and the cast of the epic film, Twelve Years a Slave, not only should take a bow for its selection as a Best Picture nominee, but also for providing us with a compelling reason … Continue reading

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The Problem of the Color Line, Not Politics Continues to Keep the Nation Veering Off Course

An unarmed black teen, stalked by an armed wanna-be policeman in a Florida gated community where the teen was visiting his father, is shot to death in a struggle.  Not guilty of second degree  murder or manslaughter, the jury decides. … Continue reading

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Same Same, recognized as a 2013 Montaigne Medal finalist

Doug Smith was recognized as a 2013 Montaigne Medal finalist for his first novel, Same Same. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced several great writers, including William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson … Continue reading

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