Jeffrey McNeil

Jeffrey McNeil

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Thousands gathered this weekend for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Photo by Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images)

As Americans commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The March on Washington, our nation will reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, a utopian vision which placed emphasis on one's character, not color.

Many will make the journey to relive this historic moment, envisioning what America was like fifty years ago when Dr. King gave America’s version of The Sermon on the Mount.

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As America celebrates "Victory Day," on August 15, when one looks at a photo of 1945 Hiroshima or modern day Detroit, the similarities are striking.

As Hiroshima lied smoldering, Detroit was the envy of modern civilization; the model city known as the Arsenal of Democracy. Detroit was the innovator of mass production, creator of the middle class, and the pioneer of racial equality. Today, Detroit is emblematic of the failures of the social policies starting in the sixties, and synonymous with deterioration and blight.

April 2013 pro-immigration protest at US Capitol. (Source: rt.com)

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

G. K. Chesterton

In 1949, a delegation of Native Americans went to Capitol Hill to discuss their conditions with lawmakers. After meeting with Vice President Alben Barkley, the Sioux leader Chief Ben American Horse said to the Barkley, "Be careful with your immigration policies; we were careless with ours."

E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. of Virginia. (Source: motherjones.com)

E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, recently made comments to a Tea Party audience in Newport News, Virginia, claiming that black families were more intact during slavery than they are today.

Curt Flood (Source: The Atlantic)

As the Flood vs Kuhn case turns forty-one years old this week, one of the Supreme Court's most celebrated ruling in the world of sports is also one of its most controversial. The 5-3 decision impacted more than baseball—it raised questions about the court's viability, whether sports are monopolies, and it addressed the issue of labor. However, it also ended the age of innocence for athletes and ushered in a new era of scandals, as well as an arms race for high contracts.

The Negro Baseball League was established in 1920. (Image source: nj.com)

To learn about American society, one should study baseball. There's no wonder baseball is called the national pastime: it is undisputedly the greatest game ever invented. It is a simple game, yet cerebral. Watching a game is like watching a scene to a great play. The box score is insignificant over a game or two; however, over a period of months you see patterns and developments.

Malcolm X. (Source: 52en.com)

In part two of my series, A Better Tomorrow, I  would like to discuss Malcolm X’s speech, "The Ballot or the Bullet", and its historical impact.

Before we begin, I would like to thank my readers for following my series A Better Tomorrow. I have been encouraged by the feedback that I received from supporters and readers who have been following my series. As my series continues, I hope there will be more enthusiasm.

Let’s begin our discussion:

A 2007 affirmative action rally at the University of Michigan. Source: npaper-wehaa.com.

As the Supreme Court weighs in on the affirmative action case of Abigail Fisher—a white student from Stephen F.

Source: thepaltrysapien.com.

Race has been a topic I wanted to discuss, but because of the sensitivity I have been cautious. However, since President Obama been in office, any discussion without race is unavoidable.  I stay awake to the point of obsession about the racial tensions and poverty in the inner cities. I have been trying to examine what events are causing the insanity.  

Writer and vendor Jeffrey McNeil. Source: streetsense.org.

Whenever I’m in a poverty mode I listen to the song “We Fall Down” by Donnie McClurkin to make me strong.

“We fall down but we get up, For a saint is just a sinner who fell down But we couldn't stay there and got up.”

I’m never one to blame circumstances for failure. I am not a fan of preference or diversity, I don't want to get ahead because I am different, I want to succeed because I am qualified. 

From Victim to Victor
Poverty and Prejudice: One Man's Search For a Better Tomorrow
Why Affirmative Action Should Be Upheld
A Better Tomorrow: Revisiting Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet"
More Than a Game: The Social Science of Baseball
How the Game of Baseball Evolved into Big Business
E.W. Jackson, Slavery Apologist
A Reasonable Approach to Immigration
The Tale of Two Cities
The Truth About Civil Rights