Frank Harris III is chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. His column appears every other Thursday.
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May 22, 2013
Not since the killing of Trayvon Martin has the nation heard the president speak as long and directly about blacks and his experience as a black man as he did at Morehouse College's commencement ceremony last weekend.
May 8, 2013
I confess, there are times I wish we could march a band of angels into hell to bring them back. Yes. March a band of angels through the gates of hell to serve them with a warrant for their immediate extradition to the land of the living to face us, the living.
April 24, 2013
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, I was thinking how thankful we, the American people, should be that the right to bear bombs was not included in the Second Amendment.
April 10, 2013
There will always be an inherent conflict between a government that wants to guard its information, and journalists and citizens who want access to it.
March 27, 2013
"As anyone who has watched the better colored teams will tell you — a good
March 13, 2013
Triumphantly they passed beneath the confetti-filled sky as a jubilant crowd lined the streets.
February 27, 2013
"If The Civil Rights era has to be mentioned at all in the current gun debate, it's that the U.S. would be safer if blacks had stayed at the back of the bus — without access to firearms."
February 13, 2013
"Honk! Honk! Honk!"
January 30, 2013
"The mutilated face of the victim was left untouched by morticians at the mother's request. She said she wanted 'all the world' to witness the atrocity."
January 16, 2013
Like the addict who dies of a potent overdose, the other addicts want some of that.
January 2, 2013
Fearfully, I thought I'd gotten it wrong, that somehow slavery had not ended and colored folks truly weren't free.
December 19, 2012
On the day after the Newtown massacre, my two youngest daughters and I rode a horse-drawn carriage around the New Haven Green. We had seen it as we drove past the big Christmas tree and from their car seats in the back they had said, "Can we ride?"
December 5, 2012
They can shoot them with bullets. They can blast them with bombs. They can stab them with knives. They can strangle them with rope. They can burn them with fire. They can drown them with water. They can juice them with electricity. They can smother them in sand.
November 21, 2012
It had been a while since I visited Westfarms mall and I picked a Saturday when finding a parking space was like it was the Christmas holidays. After dizzily circling past car-filled spaces punctuated by the stalkers and the stalked, I turned down one row and saw a man walking to his car.
November 7, 2012
"Hey dad, watching the election in a lounge now with a large group of people. I'll call you when I get home. Are you nervous? I kind of am."
October 24, 2012
Watching the final presidential debate of this 2012 campaign with the two candidates seated at the table, I was struck by how little difference in color there was between white Gov. Mitt Romney and black President Barack Obama.
October 10, 2012
It wasn't anything like Joe Louis getting knocked out by Max Schmeling where Louis' supporters were literally crying in the streets. That was in 1936.
September 26, 2012
How ironic it is when those who so yearned for freedom, upon winning it, turn around and curtail the freedom of others.
September 12, 2012
Several elections ago, when fact checkers began checking and presenting the veracity of the words and numbers that candidates were slinging about in speeches, commercials, news interviews and talk shows, one might have thought it would bring some semblance of the truth into presidential and local election campaigns.
August 29, 2012
Once upon a time in baseball, it was easy to enjoy greatness.
August 15, 2012
Banned from football was I.
August 2, 2012
Like 40 million other Americans, I tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad in London.
July 3, 2012
"If a Slave lives four years, he has earned his Purchase-money, consequently you may afford to work him to death in that time."
May 23, 2012
In between the learning, there were a number of grade school pranks my classmates and I would play at Whittier Elementary in Waukegan, Ill. — like writing something clever on a small piece of paper, sticking tape or paste on the other side and discreetly placing it on the seat of the unsuspecting classmate who failed to look before sitting.
November 11, 2010
The killer shall be killed — so said the jury in the Cheshire home invasion murder case.