Saturday, February 12, 2011

Congratulations, Egypt!

Congratulations, Egypt!

As I drove across town listening to NPR's special coverage yesterday I couldn't help smiling, repeatedly, as I heard the joy and sense of accomplishment in protesters' voices. I was especially struck by the comments of one observer -- he noted that events in Egypt provided the world with proof that peaceful protest really could effect change. Terror wasn't necessary; therefore, oppressed peoples needn't feel terror is their only option. I hope this is an idea that spreads.

Here's hoping Egyptians are able to successfully make their way through the tricky process of establishing a government that will meet the needs of all its people.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Editing the past?

David Sarasohn of the Oregonian had some very perceptive things to say today about the current understanding of black history and slavery in the United States:

Well worth a read. Sarasohn holds a Ph.D. in American history from UCLA.