These are the words of an anthropologist friend of mine - who has been traveling from Honduras with the caravan - regarding events at the Souther border over the weekend. No media news spin here: "Today was heartbreaking. My own country, the one with the most powerful military in the world, used that power to … Continue reading Eye witness accounts of events at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, by Amelia Frank-Vitale
I usually buy gas at Costco, and have established some rapport with most of the attendants at the gas pumps. There is this elderly gentleman I always chat with! He is retired and does this not for the money, but to while away the time! Last week as I was filling my gas tank, he … Continue reading First World Problems, Third World Mentality, by Dr. Yaw Berko
These days when I hear people say; “I love your accent, where is it from?” I wonder if I should say “thank you” or run for my passport just in case ICE will be in pursuit soon. My English is as good as my genetics will allow (you see both of my parents come from … Continue reading English? Sil vous plait!!, by Dr. Yaw Berko
In Election year 2016, forty-two percent of Americans did not vote, a significant proportion of them like myself were recent immigrants from "shithole" countries! I guess most of them believed their votes won’t matter or sway anything here in the United States of America! Before they make any such fatal decisions not to vote on … Continue reading Shithole Folklore: The Tortoise the rope plant and the beautiful bird, by Dr. Yaw Berko
Over the past two decades the United States has experienced an uncontrollable epidemic of drug related deaths. In 2016 sixty-three thousand Americans died of drug overdoses, two out of three of these deaths were due to opioids. In times like this whilst law enforcement and public health services grapple for solutions most may ask the … Continue reading A Nation in Pain
Here in the United States, a group of people has appropriated upon themselves the sole responsibility of determining when America was great, that America had always been great but America needs to be made great again! I call them the “much touted self-righteous holier than thou sole custodians of America’s greatness and patriotism.” For them … Continue reading The ludicrousness of “Make America Great Again”
I lived with my single mother for the first 10 years of my life. At age ten I was distraught when my mother suggested I had to go live with my father because I needed a father figure to look up to! To ease my stay with my dad I had to spend some vacation … Continue reading The Holy Trinity, American Democracy, Zero Tolerance Nonsense and Hell goers!!
Before I came to America I was made to believe that America was this “melting pot” of people from all over the world. A huge successful experiment where people from all walks of life and continents who value American culture and ethos emigrate to and become American, whilst at the same time maintaining their unique … Continue reading Why I now use sign language in public !!
Growing up in Ghana towards the end of the 20th century, Africa to most Americans and "sh*thole" as Trump would say the environment under which we lived was one of that was very much carved by the impact of European imperialist culture. Most Africans irrespective of religious persuasion have a non-African name which identifies them with … Continue reading AN AFRICAN’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP ERA IMMIGRATION ISSUES
Race has been a defining characteristic in America over the years due to historical elements of American society. In the 1600s European settlers in the New World transitioned a system of slavery and indentured servitude into an economic system that enabled them to provide resources such as sugar and cotton to the Old world. This … Continue reading MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. after 50 years his Dream still lives on
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin introduced the Dream Act in Congress in 2001 due to a story told him by a music teacher about the life of Tereza Lee a Korean girl whose parents had come to the US from Korea through Brazil. This bill unfortunately fell victim to what happens to all of us; life. … Continue reading WORDS CAN KILL, AND DO KILL – THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE DREAM ACT (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS)
For those who do not know my heritage I am Ghanaian by birth and moved to the United States about 16 yrs ago. In the US I have never been able to escape being mistaken for a Nigerian, Caribbean American or African American among a whole host of origins and associations. I have no problem … Continue reading THE STRUGGLE FOR A NEW AMERICA – II
Special Order No. 40; I heard of this policy on one of the podcasts that I listen to, and thought that was really smart thinking so I decided to look into its origins. After reading about this I gained a lot of respect and admiration for the late Darryl F Gates, Los Angeles Police Chief 1978 … Continue reading DARRYL F GATES OF BLESSED MEMORY – AN UNLIKELY HERO FOR IMMIGRATION
On a flight back home from Seattle, Washington last month I had a conversation with the lady seated next to me about the political situation in America today. She happens to be white and since I am black man and happened to live in Baltimore I believe it was only natural that issues related to … Continue reading The struggle for a new America