Category Archives: RAce Relations

An injustice the Rev can’t bother to fight | New York Post

My latest NY Post column (8/29/2014): On Saturday and again on Monday, TV personality and civil-rights activist The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke of the need to separate bad apples from the bag of good cops. But without skipping a beat, … Continue reading

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Rally For Justice Marchers Arrive SI Ferry Terminal, “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”

“Hands up! Don’t Shoot!” Continue reading

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Political Announcement by Michael Benjamin

Dear Friends, I will NOT seek to serve in the Assembly again. I’m a “recovering politician” and I won’t commit the sin of political hubris. I served. I now serve in a different way. It’s time for a new generation … Continue reading

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Stevenson lawyer: “Witness was in league with Hispanic politicians…” | NY Daily News

In today’s Daily News account of Assemblyman Eric Stevenson’s federal corruption trial, the paper reports on the defense lawyer’s effort to cast government witness, Sigfredo Gonzalez as a political enemy. Bronxites will remember that Stevenson and Gonzalez were political allies … Continue reading

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We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest | City and State NY

Michael Benjamin writes that America hasn’t moved beyond the legacy of violence against blacks: http://bit.ly/13Q9HRj

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What if…

Blacks have long been the victims of vigilante justice in America. One night forty years ago, I could have numbered among those victims. Earlier that day, Howard, my freshman homeroom classmate, having just made the JV basketball squad, invited me … Continue reading

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Bronx Residents React to Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision – WNYC

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/jun/25/bronx-supreme-court-voting-rights-act-decision-already-being-felt/ For Michael Benjamin, a former Democratic state assemblyman from the Bronx, this is exactly why Section 4 needed to be struck down.

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Corrupt politicians or targeted leaders? Queens Chronicle

The recent spate of arrests and criminal investigations involving public officials has ensnared a high percentage of minorities in the state Legislature, leading some in the community to ask if black and Hispanic lawmakers are being targeted. State Sen. James … Continue reading

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Not so fast…”Racially Charged Attacks Against Justice Scalia Unfounded”

I recently made comments in response to a Heritage Foundation article trying to whitewash the incendiary remarks uttered by US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia saying voting rights protections “perpetuated racial entitlements.” I wrote: “Hans [von Spakovsky], your thoughts were … Continue reading

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Django Unchained Lincoln

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s violent fantasy, is a great segue to Steven Spielberg’s fact-based Lincoln. Django ends with him rescuing his wife and burning a plantation mansion to the ground. Lincoln opens with a negro Union soldier telling President Lincoln … Continue reading

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