Category Archives: Commentary

Electoral College Work-a-Round

“One man one vote” is not an accurate statement of voting in America. Americans would prefer all votes to be equal, but they do not have that situation because of the Electoral College’s antiquated mechanism. Americans would choose to elect the president by direct popular vote by an overwhelming majority, just like other elected offices.

On a gut level, they understand the fundamental fairness of awarding the nation’s highest office on the same basis as every other elected office — to the person who gets the most votes. Continue reading Electoral College Work-a-Round

Human Rights on the Ballot

by Noel Andersen,
UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights

With every day approaching November 3rd, it has felt increasingly true: this is a critical election and there will be tremendous implications from the results. Human rights issues including racial justice, LGBTQ rights, health care access, climate justice, Covid-19, and immigrants rights, are on our ballots this election. Continue reading Human Rights on the Ballot

Honoring Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Legacy

My much beloved friend Rev. C.T. Vivian was a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism, and a mighty and indispensable long haul moral warrior for justice. He was also a treasured personal friend known for being unfailingly gracious, generous, warm, and loving. I keep a photo in my home office of C.T. with my whole family taken when my husband Peter and I took our children and grandchildren on a civil rights tour through the South some years ago. His kindness radiated in his smile. Continue reading Honoring Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Legacy

Race Problems or People Problems

“There are no race problems; there are only people problems,” begins an article entitled “Truth in Black and White” from “The Voices of Unity” a radio broadcast by Eric Butterworth dated May 9, 1973, about 47 years ago.

The lengthy article, sent to me by my brother, F.E. Alexander Jr., has been a favorite of mine which I have used through the years to provoke thought and conversation during speeches and at E-Racism meetings. During one meeting in particular, I recall the concept provoking strong opposition from the very onset. I nevertheless, in reading and rereading the article, still concur with Mr. Butterworth’s logic. Continue reading Race Problems or People Problems

Dear White America

Dear white America. Please don’t do it.

According to the polls, you are about to repeat what you have done in all but one presidential election since World War II—vote in the majority for the Republican.

In the past, this has meant voting against your own economic best interests, among other things. That would be the case this time; however, this time, the situation is a lot worse. Continue reading Dear White America