Civil Rights

In Holocaust Education, Re-Emphasize Allied Apathy

Posted by on June 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

When teaching children about racism and genocide, educators often focus on individual biases as the source of systematic racism and anti-Semitism.  For example, at my synagogue, teachers often ask their students to put themselves in the shoes of Christian German civilians during the Holocaust and consider whether they, as non-Jews, would have simply shrugged off anti-Semitic slurs and […]

Annual CEJ Awards Dinner in Buffalo

Posted by on May 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Each year the Coalition for Economic Justice holds a dinner to celebrate the efforts of various groups and individuals. The CEJ is an amalgam of groups who work together on the behalf of workers, the poor, the disabled, immigrants, and the environment. I was pleased to attend along with Michael Mottern, our local leader in Buffalo. Admittedly, […]

Neoconservatives Use Moral Relativism to Blame Progressives for Genital Mutilation

Posted by on March 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

This article was originally published for Foreign Policy in Focus and at tommyraskin.org.   The neoconservative camp, always eager to wrestle with imaginary positions of their opponents, is now bravely challenging another belief that no one holds, which is that “all cultures are equal.” George Mason University Professor Walter Williams has jumped aboard the “Western values are superior […]

The Myth of the Able-Bodied Man as Man

Posted by on January 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

This article was originally published at goodmenproject.com and tommyraskin.org. We need to fix the game of manhood. Our society’s exclusive image of the ‘real man’ leaves us with a disgruntled majority of boys who view the coveted prizes of masculinity as out of reach. Although most boys are bound to feel painfully inferior at one […]

The Creation of ‘Black Crime’

Posted by on November 24, 2013 at 1:35 am

This article was originally posted at goodmenproject.com and tommyraskin.org. The laziest pundits in this country would have us believe that there are two types of crime: crime and black crime. Odious media outlets’ coverage of the recent “knockout” phenomenon is evidence of this faulty distinction’s widespread promulgation. Reporters have started covering the national string of random “knockout” […]