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We have created an autonomic gun down and groupthink police force…

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It is tough to be an American right now…

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Police are as much to blame as every White American who has ever lived into adulthood.

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You’d think I would have trouble making my case, but shooting and strangling Black Americans died on the justice vine eons ago. But nearly all White Americans have never fully faced the facts of our skin-color demonization culture. So it continues in many forms, and is devastatingly depicted and inflicted by policing.

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Such a culture creates the statistical imbalances found in our melanin gerrymandered injustice system. Police our the-tip-of-deer-in-headlights of that color problem. Sadly, whether one cop, or most follow the law to the letter, and without melanin prejudice, that will never ever matter in these shootings or…


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In this essay, the word charity is a misnomer caused by two factors. First, Republicans who were called fiscal conservative or libertarians, use the word charity to disguise their disdain for federalized social programs. Second, the insidious and discriminatory theory of small government. Going back to charitable structures of the old days, is a fantasy they propose, which would reinstate debtors prisons, workhouses, chain gangs, child labor, etc. Coincidentally, one of the government services that held the Roman Empire together as long as it did, was their systematic dispensing of food to the urban Rome poor. Development of such…


There should have been a reckoning before Appomattox in 1865, instead we allowed ourselves (White people) to be pulled back into slavery 2.0. Lincoln should have had Sherman push another 200,000 White confederate men (or counterfeit men as I like to say), into the Atlantic or Gulf. I know it was not just Southerners that have perpetuated what we have today, but fully killing off the hierarchy of White supremacy in the South, and ending subjugation with forty acres and mule, may have broke its back. And 200,000 Black soldiers protecting the freed slaves for a couple generations. …


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COVID is scary. Vaccines are scary. Reality is scary…

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Quit wearing a mask, a seatbelt, a helmet…

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With all the conspiracies out there, I have become so paranoid…

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We cannot overcome our fears if we continue to fear…

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I was once a QAnon devotee


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When I watched a Western as a kid, I figured the good guy was always the gentle giant, or the soft spoken, serious sheriff, not the base loaded, hate belching bonehead. Yet now, as I have lost nearly all my innocence, I understand that we, meaning the U.S., is also always ready to release into our lives one of my horrible headline horde.

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America has had Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Orville Faubus, Bull Connor, Joseph McCarthy, the Vietnam War, Nixon, Gov. Jim “Kent State” Rhodes, Watergate, Reagan, Iran-Contra, mass incarceration, Limbaugh, Stacey Koon (& LAPD 1991), W. Bush…


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Minnesota has had a long tradition of traditions. My adopted state’s tradition of traditions began with the lynching of 38 Dakota Sioux in 1862 Mankato. Four thousand White gawkers came to see the spectacle of over three dozen men die for protecting their home from covered-wagon caravans of savage European squatters. Thousands of northern Minnesotans extended the tradition in 1920 with the lynching of three Black men in Duluth. …


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The gun lobby has put out a contract on me…

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There is nothing new under the sun…

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The trial of George Floyd’s killer continues in Minneapolis.


White people have liked sitting on the fence so much that they thought it was highly ambitious for them to merely agree that we have a White supremacy problem. Doing anything more, digging up the roots of it, and getting hands dirty, was like being in some dystopian movie.

We are no better at fighting the power than we have ever been. We rise up here and there, but it is never enough to sustain the fight for equality. Post Civil War Reconstruction petered out the same way. States' rights always seemed too valid for us to continue fighting against…


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The ultimate healing salve for a White person is to let them forgive (themselves), and forget what they do, and have done to others, they never cared much about. That is for past, and present wrongs, and the wrongs they do into perpetuity…

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Committing because of implicit bias, done subconsciously, after one bad apple has a bad day with an easily bought gun, when cops feel threatened by their biases, politicians blurt out a horrible something, by writing slurs in an email to constituents, planning a campaign around hate and harassing, or when suppressing many millions of…

Richard The Chwalek

Writer/Consultant. Wife/Two-20 something daughters. Flyover Midwesterner. RN/Engineer son, been there/done some, antiracist, feminist, ecotarotcardist, politics

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