CityBeat - Kathy Y. Wilson http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-246-1-kathy_y_wilson.html <![CDATA[The Indiana in Us All - ]]>

The signing of Indiana’s bill by Republican Governor Mike Pence giving Christians the legal right to refuse service to gays and lesbians is subversive and riddled with hate-mongering in the guise of protecting “basic religious freedoms.”

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<![CDATA[Teach Your Children Well - ]]>

Shame on any parent or guardian of school-aged children who has never questioned the term “teaching to the test” and its residual pressures on teachers and students.

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<![CDATA[You Can’t Always Get What You Want - ]]>

Hillary Clinton is suffering so acutely from the Clinton Dynasty Syndrome she cannot see straight enough to come within the ZIP code of the right thing.

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<![CDATA[Mother and Child Reunion - ]]>

Gladine Rosetta Hill Wilson (then, crazily, Wilson again) Parrish would have been perhaps 83 on March 10. “Perhaps” because she finagled her age to the point that some of her sisters believed she was younger than she was when she died.

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<![CDATA[See-Through - ]]>

Watching the Oscars Sunday night was fun and fanciful because there’s nothing like watching wealthy, accomplished white people “acting” racially guilty when they’re really quite comfortable in their homogeneous groupings.

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<![CDATA[Liar. Liar? - ]]>

Ten-million-dollar baby and NBC newsman Brian Williams is guilty. He knows better than to insert himself right smack dab in the middle of the news he’s witnessed or reported directly, and because he did, he resorted to lying about them and himself.

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<![CDATA[To Repel Ghosts - ]]>

There is this joke among black people — remember first that humor about cultural diminishment ain’t funny and not all blacks know one another — that says Black History Month is in February because it’s the shortest month of the year.

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<![CDATA[Taking a Toll - ]]>

I would not trade the liberation of working for myself — of coming up with ideas and translating them into paid words, or teaching at the University of Cincinnati or working with Northside teenagers — for stacks of cash at a more reliable, albeit mind-numbing, soul-sucking job.

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<![CDATA[Norwood: UpSouth - ]]>

In a letter dated Dec. 22 that has now come to light, Norwood Mayor Thomas F. Williams penned a bon mot to the Norwood Police Department slamming black civil rights leaders and do-nothing politicians.

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<![CDATA[Forever Yours, Mitt Romney - ]]>

Whatever being president means, I want it and when I lost in 2012 I did what all sickeningly wealthy people do — I spent money.

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<![CDATA[From 1965 Selma to Right Now - ]]>

Readers might assume this a movie review. It is not. Readers might want to get on with it, forget about our recent past, stop drumming up old shit. I cannot.

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<![CDATA[By Any Other Name - ]]>

Joshua Alcorn was born a boy but reportedly felt “like a girl trapped in a boy’s body” since he was 4 years old.

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<![CDATA[There Went the Neighborhood - ]]>

The city of Cincinnati has designated Woodburn Avenue in my East Walnut Hills neighborhood an “entertainment district.”

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<![CDATA[“...And Justice for All?” - ]]>

Blackness is now a joke, a punch line every single non-black-skinned person is in on at our expense.

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<![CDATA[On Being White - ]]>

The resignation of Officer Darren Wilson is not noble or brave or even sacrificial on its face.

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<![CDATA[Thanks and Giving - ]]>

The holidays aren’t complete without the macabre sight of our neediest brothers and sisters lined up all over town in inclement weather waiting for handouts — boxes of food, a turkey, clothing, maybe a voucher or two for free furniture.

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<![CDATA[The Cosby Show - ]]>

With all its groundbreaking accomplishments, it is important still to keep separate Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable of The Cosby Show from Bill Cosby himself.

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<![CDATA[The Backstabbers - ]]>

President Obama now appears as a pariah, a lone wolf.

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<![CDATA[As I Lay Dying - ]]>

I admire Brittany Maynard. The 29-year-old Oregon woman and terminal brain cancer sufferer took a doctor-sanctioned lethal concoction Saturday, ending her life when and where she wanted — at home in her bed with her family surrounding her.

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<![CDATA[Leslie Isaiah Gaines: 1945-2014 - ]]>

 Gaines was one of the first attorneys in the United States to advertise on television and he did it from Cincinnati.

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