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The Symbol of Renewed White Identity and Common Purpose ?

A post on the xenophobic attitudes in Western societies today with a focus on the most recent New Zealand mosque attacks. The ray of hope offered by the New Zealand leadership and people was used in this feature as well as the reference to Donald Trump as a symbol of hope for a common purpose of whites.

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The Sacramento District Attorney’s decision on the Stephon Clark case and implications to African American Safety

In 2002 a University of Colorado Psychology Professor Joshua Correll undertook a study using a first person shooter video game to study police officer decision making with regards to the use of deadly force. In this game police officers were exposed to different individuals holding weapons and innocuous items. The object of this game was […]

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Alleged Fake Racist Attacks and Other Matters ? By Dr. Yaw Berko

Right after the elections of Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States, I heard lots of people including some TV analysts declare that America has entered a “post-racial” era where one’s skin colour did not determine his destiny! With my usual shithole sceptism; I could not help but wonder how such declarations […]

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WHEN PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! BY DR. YAW BERKO

I look at my life currently and proclaim that truly, America is the greatest country on Earth! I firmly believe my story is only possible in the United States of America! I also give due recognition that I work hard for what I am now. I live in an upper middle class neighbourhood. I am […]

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Ancestry DNA and Racial Identity; Black or White?

Over the past decade the availability of commercial gene sequencing products that claim to provide information on our genetic origins have increased significantly. These products are offered by companies like ancestry.com, National Geographic and 23andMe to name just a few of the many businesses dealing in that market. This very new and rapidly evolving sector […]

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Black Brother, are you safe?

For me my most favorite place in this world is my home, this does not hold true for my son though; he loves hotels. A few days ago I got the shock of my life. My whole world was turned upside down. As a black man in the US your safety is always a big […]

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Thinking Outside The Box When There is No Box

I have been very lucky when it come to religious education. I grew up in the Anglican Church; actually my elementary education was in a school affiliated with the Church. In those days we would all march to the church on Ash Wednesday to get the grey black crosses on our foreheads after school assembly. […]

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The Holy Trinity, American Democracy, Zero Tolerance Nonsense and Hell goers!!

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 […]

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Homo sapiens blackus a new human species. How must we handle this new species?

It has become abundantly clear to me that black people in America belong to a different subspecies of Homo sapiens! I have grouped them into a subspecies Homo sapiens blackus, and in my case Sub Subspecies Homo sapiens blackus shitus! How else can anyone explain the spate of calls that are made to cops about […]

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General Robert E Lee, did he shape American history or has this country shaped his legacy?

In the past few years there have been many protests and struggles across this country surrounding the fate of several monuments depicting confederate leaders.  One such protest which occurred in the Summer of 2017 was the Unite the Right Protest in Charlottesville, VA. Unfortunately this protest cost 3 lives including that of 32 year old […]

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Can a person be prejudiced against their own racial group?

Living in the  great multi-cultural society, which is today’s America is an opportunity that I have grown to love and cherish. I love the fact that when I step out on the streets I could be interacting with individuals whose gene pool could easily span the whole global realm known to man. This in itself […]

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Oh no!! another wet dream ?

I rarely have dreams! And on the rare occasions that I have dreamt, I barely remember the contents of my dream! I guess I am not prone to hypnopompic and hypnagogic hallucinations! If I were the Martin Luther King of the 1960’s, my speech would be titled ”I don’t have a dream.” And it would […]

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Why the oppressed need to keep silent so passive supporters of oppression do not feel uncomfortable.

Whilst boarding school in Ghana for me was mostly fun that was not all that I experienced in Mfantsipim School, one of the oldest schools in Ghana. My first 3 years in boarding school as a junior boy was fraught with many experiences that could well give Tom Brown’s School Days a run for its […]

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Why I now use sign language in public !!

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 […]

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The war on drugs; who won that war?

I first saw her in my clinic seeking care for HIV but when we first met like most patients with her medical condition she was not an ideal patient. The decision to start her on ART Antiretroviral therapy in those days when the only single tablet regimen was Atripla (Tenofovir/Emtrictabine/Efavirenz) was not an easy one […]

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Why STARBUCKS does not need to apologize to African Americans

After more than 2 centuries of slavery progress towards equity and equality has always been challenging for African Americans, progress always seems to be followed by significant periods or retrogression.  This situation can sometimes leave most black people wondering if progress towards racial equality was really worth the effort. The election of President Trump in-spite […]

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MARIJUANA USE AND THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS IN THE USA

Over the years laws on cannabis use have changed. Most of these changes were not based on any strong levels of evidence but were based on social perception. In this article I seek to highlight some of the issues associated with these changes and address the potential benefits of more liberal legislation on cannabis.

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HEALTH EQUITY, IS IT REALLY ACHIEVABLE?

As a student in medical school I have a host of memories that I believe would still remain vivid in my mind for ages. One such image is my experience as a 4th year medical student observing an amputation. The consultant orthopedic surgeon gave us a brief history of the patient. The patient was a […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. after 50 years his Dream still lives on

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 […]

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WORDS CAN KILL, AND DO KILL – THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE DREAM ACT (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS)

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. […]