(Opinion) She has a glowing face with perfect makeup, stunning eyes, full lips, and hair meticulously covered with a headscarf. Her “hijab” is an American flag carried on a patriotic poster that proclaims: “I am America.”
On Saturday, Jan. 21, my family participated in the New York City and Hartford versions of the global marches for women (and not just for women!). While my wife and our daughter headed to New York via train with a large contingent of fellow New Haveners, my son and I went to Hartford in the afternoon.
by Rev. Samuel T. Ross-Lee/ Inner-City News | Jan 16, 2017 8:03 am | Comments (4)
(Opinion) It’s that time of year again. The first real holiday of the new year. The recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. This holiday is not supposed to be a holiday in the sense of traditional holidays. According to the MLK devotees, King Day, as it is affectionately known, is not a “day off, but a day on.”
by Rev. Samuel T. Ross-Lee/ Inner-City News | Jan 11, 2017 1:39 pm | Comments (20)
(Opinion) While a soldier in the United States Army, I was reminded more than once, that we served to defend democracy, not to practice it. A particularly influential chaplain, unbeknownst to him, almost influenced me to return to the Army as a chaplain after divinity school. The thing that stopped me from taking or even giving serious consideration to this path was my learning that Army chaplains were prohibited, like everyone else in the military, from criticizing the government, the president, or other elected officials.
When two pressure cookers showed up on a Whalley Avenue sidewalk one recent late afternoon, police officers rushed to the scene. At one point, they found themselves hustling away a news reporter who got too close as he took photos. They handcuffed him, shoved him in a cruiser, grabbed his camera, and charged him with a crime.
(Opinion) President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen a man who considers a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace to his race” to oversee enforcing civil-rights law in America — though you wouldn’t know that from the reaction of Connecticut’s newly reelected U.S. senator.
(Opinion) —I am one of the 86 percent of New Haveners who voted for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. I know many of you shared my progression of thought that day starting around 5 p.m. The election was in the bag. I would gather with close friends for dinner, a beer, and to watch our nation proudly reject the pouty, red-faced clown-candidate, along with the worldwide trend toward xenophobic nationalism. We would reaffirm that the United States is one of the most inclusive, welcoming, and — yes — moral countries in the world. As returns started to come in, that sense of triumph quickly turned to nervousness, anxiety, and disillusion.