Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

November 27, 2017

The case was filed in 1993, when I was still in high school. Abbeville County School District v. State of South Carolina, brought by 39 poor, rural, and more-than-average black school districts alleging that the state's antiquated school funding formula unfairly disadv...

July 7, 2017

My friend, a young African American man, was beaten up by police and arrested yesterday in the Charleston area after being stopped for not using a turn signal.

A turn signal.

My friend.

Not somebody in the news.

Somebody whom I've known since he was a kid, who has been t...

June 15, 2016

Here's a great little documentary (less than 9 min.) about the Be a Man Club in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It profiles 16-year-old Dragan Kisin, who went from a troubled youth to a mentor for others through the influence of the Be a Man Club, a project of CARE...

July 29, 2015

I'm happy to be heading next week to the 39th annual conference of the Association for Baha'i Studies in Orange County, California. The conference theme is "Advancing the Life of the Mind" and there are a number of really great presentations in a variety of disciplines...

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