Juneteenth Message From The Rational Ram

As a black American and native Texan, Juneteenth is a very special unofficial holiday for me, in light of the fact that the holiday originated in Texas. Juneteenth (19 June) marks the day in 1865 that Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3 to the people of Texas. This is more than two years […]

Monuments, Names, and History

The meme that opens this post makes a humorous, but salient point. History tends to favor the victors. One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. One man’s king is another man’s oppressor. The victors typically get to shape how they and the side they vanquished are viewed in posterity. As the meme humorously points […]

The 5% vs. The 95% In A Changing World

Who are the 5%? Who are the 95%? The late, great radio personality and motivational speaker Earl Nightingale explains: For those in my audience who decided not to view the video first, or just decided that just over 13 minutes of your time is too long to get to the point of this post, I […]

Life Is All About Choices

Life is all about the choices we make. First, two videos I want my audience to digest… Systemic racism explained: The myth of systemic racism, as told by black celebrities: I am not going to suggest that racism, systemic or otherwise, does not exist or is not a problem. As outlined in the first video, […]

Why Drew Brees Is Being Treated Unfairly

I don’t often defend celebrities and professional athletes. Especially when they make stupid or controversial comments on political or racial matters. However, in this post, I make an exception. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made headlines and broke the Internet yesterday when his statement regarding his stance on NFL players kneeling during the playing […]

I’m Tired, Boss…

I’m tired… I’m tired of the same thing the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan’s character “John Coffey” in the film The Green Mile is tired of. People being ugly to each other because of tribalism. That’s right. Tribalism. Racism is borne from tribalism. Ideology (political or otherwise) promotes tribalism. Tribalism erodes decency. Yes, I said […]

Overturn Qualified Immunity Now!

Greetings to my readers. I want to make three points in this blog post for conscientious consideration. Before I make my points, I provide a definition of the term “qualified immunity” and a synopsis on how it works. Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine that “protects public officials from being sued for damages unless they […]