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
It has been one of those weeks when the news ranged from the depressing to the positively uplifting. On the depressing side, the release of the Australian Crime Commission report on drugs and organised crime in sport last Thursday, called “the blackest day in Australian sport” by the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping … Continue reading It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism
“One can reach a point of humiliation where violence is the only outlet.” Arthur Koestler 1905-1983. “It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.” Dr Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 Those are two sides of the argument for gun control: that there … Continue reading A plea for a farewell to (semi-automatic) arms
You’d think a US Republican presidential candidate would be aware of one of the tenets of good speech-making: Know your audience. Mitt Romney’s audience in Houston was the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), one of America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organisations, established in 1910 to … Continue reading Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?
I was reluctant to write about the Trayvon Martin shooting in the US because regular readers of this blog know that I have often focussed on racism in America and Australia, and I didn’t want to be accused of having an obsession. But the reaction to the decision to charge George Zimmerman (pictured left this morning), … Continue reading Fear and loathing behind the gates