Native Americans helped make possible the first Thanksgiving Day feast. Of course there was no talk of building walls to keep out immigrants or political wrangling with a president over any executive order to enable 5 million undocumented newcomers to stay.
A lot of progress has occurred, but the anger and violent eruption in Ferguson shows the hope for an inclusive America is still a dream. Voter suppression and racial profiling remain problems, schools and communities are grossly segregated and unequal, and black joblessness is twice the national average.
President Barack Obama on Monday will take the long-overdue step to posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three civil rights workers who were killed 50 years ago in Mississippi by Ku Klux Klansmen.
One thing seems to have united people at rallies and protests in Ferguson, Mo. — Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9 has to change America. No one likes the ongoing narrative of young, unarmed black men being shot to death by police.
The gifts I recently mailed to my daughters were shirts I bought in February at Bartle Hall at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Lawmakers going to Washington, Jefferson City and Topeka in 2015 should read and act on a report from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City on the high cost of untreated mental illness in Kansas and Missouri. In Missouri, it’s $2.5 billion. In Kansas, it’s $1.17 billion.
VoteSmart.org has found that only 20 percent of the 1,282 candidates for Congress are willing to provide voters or the media with direct answers to issue questions on Vote Smart’s National Political Courage Test.