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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The Murder of Markeis McGlockton — Staying Away from Florida to Stand Our Ground

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — How many Black men and women must be murdered under Florida’s infamous “stand your ground law” before Black people across the nation will “stand our ground” by agreeing to “stay away from Florida?” Markeis McGlockton is the most recent Black person to be murdered in the “sunshine state” by a White man, Michael Drejika. This arrogant gun toting White…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Immigration Reform Part 2: The Parasitical System of Development / Underdevelopment

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Much of the immigration reform debate is understandably focused on the separation of children from their parents, the plight of the “Dreamers,” the “Diversity Visa Program,” a “Guest Worker Program” to feed the agricultural sector’s appetite for cheap labor and border protection to block the “hordes” of undocumented “suspects” from illegally entering this country. While these are important issues…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The “Color” of Immigration Policy Reform — Dr. Ron Daniels

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — It is critically important that all people of conscience and goodwill continue to condemn the horrifying, uncivilized policy of separating children from parents from Mexico and Central America entering this country seeking asylum or a better life for their families. While some might debate the “legality” of people crossing the border without documents, absolutely nothing justifies treating human beings…

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Commemorating Frederick Douglass Day — Dr. Ron Daniels

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Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — Many Americans have just concluded “celebrating” a protracted July 4th, Independence Day holiday. It is a time for vacating, picnicking, family cook-outs, parades, fireworks and lots of flag-waving during perhaps the most “patriotic” season of the year. As an African in America, when I think about the Fourth of July it conjures up the memory and spirit of Frederick…

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Toward a Movement to Expand the Public Space and Culture of Rights in America

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Vantage Point by Dr. Ron Daniels — The headline in the February 13th edition of the New York Times front page was glaring: “Needs of Public A Low Priority in Rebuilding.” The headline was in reference to President Trump’s long awaited, so called infrastructure plan. The essence of this much ballyhooed “plan” is a dramatic shift in how the federal government has traditionally approached the construction of public highways, tunnels, bridges, harbors, railways, airports and other vital pieces of the nation’s infrastructure. In the past…

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Hypocrisy Taints Republican Reaction to Bigotry

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The vicious assault on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia by a volatile amalgam of Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Alt Right and other white nationalist forces was one of the most horrific acts of domestic terrorism in American history.  The day after a Klan-like torch light, racist and anti-Semitic show of force on the campus of University of Virginia, a White nationalist terrorist used his car as a weapon and ploughed through peaceful protesters killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring several other people. The words of former Ku Klux…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

A Third Force in American Politics

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The Final Essay in a Series of Three on the Impact and Consequences of the 2016 Presidential Election – The season of resistance to “eradicate the virus of Trumpism” is unfolding with a fury. The Women’s March on Washington may well be remembered as one of the great moments of resistance and calls for transformation in American history. And, Trump’s ill-conceived and awkwardly rolled-out, Islamophobic ban on Muslims was met with massive demonstrations…

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Resistance and Organizing to Eradicate “Trumpism”

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In my first essay, Trump Will Be Like Reagan on Steroids, I attempted to demonstrate that “elections matter,” particularly in moments of grave crises and danger– that the consequences of apathy, inaction or misdirection can be devastating in terms of the impact on the lives of ordinary people and the direction of the nation. Nothing that we have witnessed thus far persuades me that Donald Trump and Trumpism is anything short of one of the most radical rightwing, reactionary political viruses in the history of this country…

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Elections Matter

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  Elections Matter Trump Will Be Reagan on Steroids The first of Three Essays on the Impact and Consequences of the 2016 Presidential Election   During the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election I was totally immersed in an all-out effort to ensure the success of the historic State of the Black World Conference IV in Newark. Therefore, I had precious little time to pen my views on…

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Preval Showed the Way Toward a Government of “National Inclusion” in Haiti Jan 1, 2017

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  January 1st marked the 213th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution which spawned the world’s first Black Republic; the first time in human history that an enslaved people rose up to defeat their slave masters to establish a nation. As I have often remarked, the Haitian revolutionaries shattered the myth of white supremacy at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade by decimating the army of Napoleon Bonaparte of France,…

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