(AP photo above of Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston) Muhammad Ali was a hero of mine, even though I grew up in a white Philadelphia neighbourhood bordering on a black one where you were called a “n....er lover,” if you sympathised with African Americans. Racism was rife in Philly. My crime was … Continue reading Muhammad Ali: “Who’s he?” asked the Harlem schoolkids
Okay, you’ve seen the headline above, and you’re reading this post to see if I’ve gone crazy. Well, no, I’m just accepting the inevitable. Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency on November 8 because not enough Americans will realise how awful he will be and vote for him. They voted for Richard Nixon … Continue reading Why Trump will win: Remember Richard Nixon?
I have written many book reviews over the decades, but this one means a lot to me. It’s about a book of poetry by my cousin – a friend, a former priest, an editor of an acclaimed Jesuit magazine, America, an appellate attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice fighting for … Continue reading Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man
I’m beginning to worry about Tony Abbott and how his war on the ABC is affecting him (Photo above by Jeremy Piper, News Corp Australia). I don’t agree with all his policies (too many to mention here), but I’ve considered him a nice bloke since I got to know him in the late 2000s. In … Continue reading Tony Abbott: No longer Mr Nice Guy
"We are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on Earth we come, we share a dream and sing with one voice – I am, you are, we are Australian." That song, written by Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton, will be sung many times as we head into this Australia Day weekend. … Continue reading We are all Australian, but it’s time we sang with one voice
I am publishing a blog post I wrote four years ago about teaching at Wadleigh Junior High School (IS 88) in Harlem and one teacher in particular who was definitely a Hero of Harlem. His name was Ed Plummer, a mathematics teacher, who ran the ABC (A Better Chance) scholarship program, helping Wadleigh graduates get … Continue reading Remembering the heroes of Harlem
I was moved by the footage on the ABC Four Corners program this week showing the torture and tear-gassing of children in a detention centre in the Northern Territory to think about racism in Australia. I have written many posts about racism on my blog. Then I watched the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on … Continue reading Racism: The curse of our times
UPDATE: I am really upset about the way Adam Goodes has been treated by AFL fans who have been booing him ever since he pointed at a 13-year-old girl who called him an "ape," at a match in 2013. He did it to educate her because she did not know that what she was saying … Continue reading Why Adam Goodes IS a magnificent Australian of the Year
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
It’s time to talk about racism. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Parliament passing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act and an ABC presenter who was racially abused in front of his two-year-old daughter on a Sydney bus http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-bq The former was the good news about racism in Australia, … Continue reading Being White in Philly, Black in Sydney