Drick Boyd's Blog

Did We Save Democracy?

According to many of the political ads put forth by Democrats in the recent midterm elections “democracy was on the ballot.” There were legitimate concerns on the part of many Americans, Democrat and otherwise, that if extreme conservative Republicans came to power,...

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Doug Mastriano and Me

Who is Doug Mastriano? Doug Mastriano is the Republican candidate for governor in my state of Pennsylvania. The local and national media, plus the two major political parties, see the elections in Pennsylvania for governor and the U.S Senate as keys to the MAGA...

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The Law-and-Order Hypocrisy

Across the country, Republicans have decided to make “Law-and-Order” an issue they are pushing in the upcoming mid-term elections. In Pennsylvania and states across the country, Republican candidates are making the claim that their Democratic opponents are “soft and...

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Three Types of Justice

There are different types of justice that are practiced in the United States: one justice for the super-wealthy and power, another justice for the average American citizen, and finally, a justice for the poor and racially marginalized.

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Joni and the Piano Man

As I sat in the Chicago O’Hare Airport awaiting my flight back to Philadelphia, I heard a faint lyrical sound over the din and chaos of the crowded terminal. I picked up my bags and I walked toward the sound. As I got closer, I could tell it was the sound of a piano,...

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Is The United States Moving Toward Civil War?

Ever since January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters spurred on by the former president, invaded the U. S. Capitol building to prevent the Senate confirmation of the 2020 presidential election, many Americans have wondered if the United States could be on the verge of a...

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Why Every American Should Read The 1619 Project

 How could a book about history create such an uproar? Most Americans are oblivious to history, and rarely celebrate it except on Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day. Actually, only a small fraction focus on the history while the rest of us enjoy a day off from work...

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American Oligarchs

What is an Oligarch? Like many others, I have been gripped night after night by the evening news reporting the latest attacks and devastation being inflicted on the people of Ukraine by the Russian military. I am supportive of the efforts by the nations of NATO to...

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An Open Letter to Rep. Liz Cheney

NOTE: Below is a letter I am sending to Rep. Liz Cheney (R- WY) who was recently censured by the Republican party for serving on the House of Representative Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building with a particular focus on the...

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Selma Now and Then

In June 2013 I visited Selma, Alabama as part of a Civil Right Rights bus tour organized by Dr. Todd Allen of Messiah University. Our tour guide on that portion of the trip was Joanne Bland. Joanne was 14 years old when the famous confrontation on the Edmund Pettus...

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In Memory of bell hooks

Gloria Watkins, better known as bell hooks, died today (December 15, 2021). She was 69 years old and had been suffering from a chronic illness. She was an author, social critic, teacher, and prophetic voice. Whenever I read her writings, of which there are many, I...

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Truth on the Scaffold and The Big Lie

What is Truth? This past Sunday (November 21) was Christ the King Sunday in the Christian liturgical calendar. Christ the King is the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The...

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