Category media

Black Panther Mark Clark and Comrades Deserve Apology From His Hometown Newspaper Peoria Journal Star. After 46 Years, Their Lives Still Matter.

(Appeared May 27, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The racially charged December 10, 1969 editorial of the Peoria Journal Star that describes Black Panther leaders and members as “ex-convicts, jobless, and not overly bright.” In our continuing discussion over police tactics used to control and often oppress minority communities throughout the nation, more than a […]

Portland Paper Whitewashes Role in WWII Internments as State Honors Rights Champion, Former Internee Minoru Yasui

(Published on March 29, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire and armed soldiers. A year later, President Roosevelt appointed the paper’s editor and publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt as director of the Domestic Branch […]

When Portland did more than follow orders 

(Published October 2, 2013, Blueoregon.com) September’s passing has witnessed yet another unrecognized anniversary of our city’s landmark episode of wholesale ethnic cleansing which remains unequaled in Portland history. September 1942 saw the close of the Portland Assembly Center prison camp when every local citizen and immigrant resident of Japanese ancestry was at last forced out, […]

My Holiday in Iran 

(Published June 2, 2013, The Guardian) I recently returned from a vacation in Iran, (why does that phrase always trigger “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys in my head?) my third time there since 1998. Time spent in the Islamic Republic and other regions around the world always motivates me to question why so […]

Will justice ever play in Peoria? Paper does wrong by slain civil rights activist & Black Panther chapter founder Mark Clark. 

(Originally appeared 01/26/13, EmergePeoria.com) Fallout continues more than four decades after Hoover-connected cops kill Black Panthers Mark Clark and Fred Hampton during infamous Chicago raid. In 2011, the late Peorian Mark Clark was inducted into the local African American Hall of Fame. Last year, that honored position with the Hall found its way into the […]

Media Flap over Comments about Fidel Castro Shows Little has Changed 

(Originally appeared 04/18/12, Portland IndyMedia) The situation screams McCarthy-era thought police that here in 2012 we have such a crystal clear example of spineless American public commentary and discourse, all in unified lockstep behind the apoplectic and cowardly smears against Cuba’s former leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. Ever since Miami Marlins baseball manager Ozzie […]

Context needed for reference to 1929 Hebron massacre 

(Originally appeared 11/09/10, The Nation, letters section) It saddens and surprises me that an editor of The Nation writing about the Arab-Israeli conflict (http://www.thenation.com/article/155400/postcard-palestine) has failed to provide the proper context for an important story. Christopher Hayes states, “In 1929 Arab rioters killed sixty-seven of the small number of Jewish residents of the city (several […]