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Big People, Big Moments

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.” LeBron James May …

100 days

As The Donald completes his first 100 days as Commander-in-Chief, one thing is certain: he plans to erase Barack Obama’s presidency from the American consciousness. Flash back to April 30, 2011. President Obama stepped to the podium at the annual Correspondents’ Dinner and literally embarrassed The Donald. I am not a psychic or soothsayer, but …

Holidays

Treason (ˈtrēzən) noun: the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. Synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness Something’s been in my craw for a while. It’s not like I’ve lost sleep or anything, but it’s bothered me nonetheless. In January, the state celebrated Confederate Heroes Day. In …

Bearing His Cross

24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25) Sometimes I get caught in the routines …

To Tell the Truth

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (1 Corinthians 13:6) For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. (2 Corinthians 13:8) For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be …

Misc. Musings

Well. It’s been a few weeks since the November 2016 elections and I guess I’m recovering from a sort of “post traumatic shock.” Political policies come and go, so that really doesn’t affect me much. But I’m having difficulties reconciling the motives and moral/character issues of the new commander-in-chief. My parents taught me to play …

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goodwinRon Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military “brat,” he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin’s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston’s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal’s Slave Narratives.

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