News that a Mississippi school district has banned To Kill a Mockingbird was both amusing and concerning. Amusing, because school districts have been banning the novel that takes on racial prejudice ever since it was published in 1960. Concerning, because the need for young people to read this book is just as compelling as it was nearly 60 years ago.
The role race seems to be playing in how America handles its opioid crisis, which is being termed an epidemic, meaning a medical problem, should not be ignored or glossed over. Compare it with how crack addiction in the 1990s was principally considered a problem for law enforcement.
My four brothers and I never went to a doctor’s office when we were growing up. On those rare occasions when my mother’s remedies didn’t produce the results she sought, Dr. Plump was summoned to our housing project apartment in Birmingham, Alabama. My father would settle directly with Dr. Plump. There was no Medicaid and Daddy, a truck driver, couldn’t afford premiums. Neither was a middle-man involved when the hospital was paid when my mother delivered her five sons.
It's funny, wait, no, it isn't funny when people want to forget American history and blame black people for calling mixed-race people like Meghan Markle 'black.' Here's a good column about that. https://t.co/oFzz4s2NSC via @phillydotcom
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