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There is a popular meme being widely shared on social media. It depicts several of current crop of presidential candidates and says, “If you are voting for any of these candidates, please unfriend me now …. Just kidding. I’m not twelve.” It’s a funny meme and one people ought to take to heart. I learned… Read more »

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Let’s get some definitions out of the way first: Gentrification is integration that you don’t like. Integration is gentrification that benefits you. Filmmaker Spike Lee made news when he complained about the gentrification of Brooklyn recently, decrying the efforts of white interlopers to “bogart” black cultural enclaves like his native Fort Greene. But Lee suffers… Read more »

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Martin Luther King Jr. came to New York in 1958 and was stabbed by a crazy person. He almost died. The legacy of judging people by the content of their character has been treated no more respectfully in the intervening years. For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the history of the civil rights… Read more »

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This past weekend I went “home” to Boone, North Carolina to see the littlest Gentile, Nicholas, graduate from high-school. As you can see from the picture attached, he was REALLY thrilled about graduating. Because I am 11 years older than Nicholas, I still see him as a helpless baby, and watching him walk across the… Read more »