“We must see racism for what it is.” Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King 50 years after his death.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader and peace activist, was assassinated 50 years ago today in Memphis, Tennessee.

The following is an excerpt from his landmark speech “The Other America,” delivered less than three weeks before he was killed:

    There must be a recognition on the part of everybody in this nation that America is still a racist country. Now however unpleasant that sounds, it is the truth. And we will never solve the problem of racism until there is a recognition of the fact that racism still stands at the center of so much of our nation and we must see racism for what it is. It is the nymph of an inferior people. It is the notion that one group has all of the knowledge, all of the insights, all of the purity, all of the work, all of the dignity. And another group is…

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Trump’s Wall: A Barrier to A Divisive State of Mind

This article touches on some of America’s darkest hours, and how the darkness shaped the political minefields of today’s politics. Members of the African American, Hispanic, Poor White, LGBTQ communities, and both political parties must ask themselves several unimaginable but realistic questions: How did America’s darkest hours create #45’s “Make America Great Again” era? and how dangerous can his divisive mind be?

In painting this Picasso, I will draw from well-validated incidents in America’s darkest hours that created millions of well-hidden soldiers of Donald Trump’s America. Let’s start with the Democratic Party of the past that benefitted from the economic prowess of the slave trade, whereas some 12.5 million blacks were enslaved and shipped throughout many states in America, creating wealthy slave traders and plantation owners who funded America’s future political machines. Slaves suffered a variety of miserable and inhumane living and working conditions, to include being murdered at the hands of their white masters and empowered white lawmen. Black women were raped and forced to carry the children of their rapist. To be “sold down the river” at a moment notice was one of the most dreaded fears of black man. The pure destruction of black families, the broken metal will, a lack of self-esteem, and the divisiveness among the black population itself has helped shape what has become known as Donald Trump’s America.


In President Lincoln’s immortal words, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” the legacy of his words would be continuously attacked. The fact blacks suffer the most afflictions of social injustice in America, our prisons are overflowing with black men, and the welfare rolls are crowded with black mothers and their children because many of our very own black leaders has remained silent and has failed to prepare our next generation of leaders to lead.

The CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT represented a “struggle for freedom” by African Americans to gain equality in employment, education, and housing; the right to vote; and equal access to a free government. The acknowledgment of the brown skin of the Latinos, Hispanics, and Mexican Americans emerged during the civil rights era with their goals of restoral of land, rights for farm workers and educational reforms. As a viable political entity, this alliance gave credence to labor and education reforms. Hispanics alliance with African Americans helped achieve their standing in the Fourteenth Amendment guarantying equal protection to all racial groups, not just blacks and whites.

“conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,”

As President Johnson spoke about racism so honestly when he said racism wasn’t just a Negro problem, but an American problem. A certain population of White Americans who believed blacks and brown people were animals not fit to walk among a society of White Supremacist and who believed a woman’s worth was only to bear their children, would fade into the backdrop of America’s political view.


In 2016 Donald J. Trump unearthed something so hateful that many Americans had forgotten the sleeping dogs in the woods. One couldn’t have imagined the dogs would be let out by using a “Golden Dog Whistle” and they came by the millions. And oh’ how do we remember the Charlottesville Neo-Nazi march whereas, President Donald Trump called the Neo-Nazi “very fine people. We now look on in horror as these sleeping dogs have resurfaced in nightmarish fashion because both the Republican and Democratic leadership has failed to protect the trust of the people.  I believe we as a nation have built an invisible wall around our reality. We must accept blame for allowing a sick mind to come to power. A sick mind see’s a thing that no reasonable person would imagine. I present a well-known example of this, a famous Donald Trump meeting with a boy who was dying of cancer. A fan of The Apprentice, the young boy simply wanted to tell Trump, “You’re fired!” Trump could not bring himself to do it, but instead wrote the boy a check for several thousand dollars and told him, “Go and have the time of your life.”

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Is a party’s agenda more important than the plight of the American people? The Commander and Chief ill thoughts have built a fallacy of a threat from Mexicans and Mexico thus, creating the ideology of building the great and beautiful Trump Wall. Does he not understand, his wall will not stop the energy of the force that will seek to bring down his wall of division? Trump has claimed his evangelistic views has guided his actions to rescind the DACA legacy of President Barack Obama. I would like to remind him of the Great Wall of Jericho. Furthermore, I would recite the famous words of one of Donald Trump’s Republican idols, in the words of President Ronald Reagan as he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987 – “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

I encourage all to unite as Americans not party affiliates to vote new, meaning if any political official supports a policy or practice that upholds a divisive and discriminatory undertone should be replaced with new leadership.

In observance of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Murder, I leave you with his words: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Mayor Cedric Davis Sr.






Does the 2nd Amendment need changing?

I am probably writing my most controversial article here.

I have never hidden the fact that I am liberal on many issues and conservative on some. This is one of those issues that I find myself on not the left or right, but a common sense side.

So I am sure at the very least, I will really make most of you mad.

Let me start off by touching on the question in the title, should the Second Amendment need to be repealed or changed. I have to say categorically that I do not see a reason.

I am not going to defend my position with inane statements like it is a “god given” right; or something like we are sacrilege to even touch the works of the Founding Fathers (men who were as diverse as possible in opinions, and have been canonized by the right. They were not perfect and we need to stop pretending otherwise.)

To me, it is about practicality and common sense.

Let me start by dispelling some myths on both sides.


For those on the Right. Not every Liberal is after your guns. In fact, you would be surprised at the number of liberal-leaning Americans do own guns and probably for the same reasons you do. I know many diehard Democrats who have several guns, a CHL and are members of such organizations such as Ducks Unlimited.

Myth number two. Your guns will not prevent a totalitarian regime. Do you have any idea how insanely ridiculous you look when you post memes that Hitler, Stalin, and Mao all favored gun control? Probably not. Did you know that Winston Churchill also favored gun control?

But let’s get serious for a second. Do you honestly think that the same servicemen that stand up for our nation would side with a dictatorial regime?  Do you think that lowly of our troops? They would be the first to overthrow any such thing

How can you suggest that a mentally unstable person or a person involved in domestic violence should have access to a firearm? The mentally stable person is a threat to themselves and others. Most gun deaths among women and children are at the hands of a jealous husband or boyfriend.


To my friends on the left, there are millions of perfectly sane Republicans that have a firearm for protection, for hunting, or just because they collect firearms. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of that.

I live in the rural area of my county. That means that if I were to dial 911 or my wife would, it would be a good twenty minutes for a Sheriff’s Deputy to arrive. We would be dead if we were not allowed to have a weapon in those cases. That being taken into account, I want a gun; I want my wife to have a gun. Heck, I want my four dogs to have guns.

I grew up in a culture where guns are common. It is not uncommon for many of my neighbors to own firearms. Yet, I think we might have one murder through a gun a year at worst.

Not everyone that is pro-gun is part of a militia just waiting for the Second American Civil War.

Now that said, to those not too far to the left or right, basically, those of you still reading, it is time we tune out the rhetoric of the vocal voices on the fringe. Both sides can agree that there needs to be something to lower the gun violence rate in this nation.

We need to look at our laws as they are written and ask the following questions honestly:

  1.  Are the laws that are currently on the books adequate?
  2. Are these laws being enforced, or are they properly funded?
  3. Are we addressing Domestic Violence and Mental Health properly?
  4. Can the laws be rewritten or modified to ensure that gun violence drops?
  5. What can we do to increase gun safety training in society?

To be honest to both sides a starting point, after the gun confiscation crowd, and the “pry the guns from my cold dead hands” crowd are told to be quiet, we need to do proper studies. The CDC should be able to compile true and correct information.

From that, we must formulate a working plan that works for all sides. Let me be honest, no one will be 100 percent happy with the outcome, but a working compromise is far better than the death spiral we are in.

I will not state any of my ideas for a compromise plan, or suggestions for the solution. If we enter the answer phase with ideas and preconceived solutions, negotiations will go nowhere.

Like it or not, guns have been and are a part of our history and culture. The far left will need to accept that. The right will need to accept that fact that military-style weapons do not belong in civilian hands.

Above all, we need to look at ourselves as a society. At one point did the nation start valuing human life so cheaply? How do we fix this problem?

Our children are protesting and marching demanding we make meaningful steps; they are standing up while we bicker. What do we tell them when the next school shooting that we value them, but only offer thoughts and prayers as a solution?

They are watching, what will we do?



Destined to Die

My time here on Earth could come to an end today, or it could come in 40 years. All I can say that should American healthcare change, it will very much be sooner than later.

I have been a Type One Diabetic since I was 15. I lost my right foot to an infection back in 2011, and almost two years to the day, I had a double bypass.

I now face the fact that I have precancerous polyps in my throat.

I found out over a year ago, unfortunately, my income level is too high to afford state aid; and I do not make enough to pay the co-pay and meet the deductible. I have insurance, but if I cannot afford those copays, what is the point?

So when I see Trump and the GOP brag about killing Obamacare, in reality, they are talking about killing me.

I spend a lot of time up nights wondering what I and millions of others did to make the GOP hate me, but I haven’t a clue. The only thing that comes to mind, is I am expendable. By needing medical care to be productive, I am what the Tea Party calls a welfare ward of the liberal nanny-state.


Ebenezer Scrooge boiled it down to one line:


“If they are going to die, let them be quick about it and decrease the surplus population.”

To the Tea Party run Republican Party, I am a drain on the system. Money that the state is potentially going to need to spend if I cannot meet my burden is a tax cut that was never given.

It has gotten to the point, that I am seriously investigating moving to Canada.

Think about that for a moment. A person that is proud to be an American, is forced to consider gaining Canadian Citizenship just to have the care he needs to survive.

We live in a nation that is supposedly Christian. And yet, the Christian Right always seems to find a way to avoid Matthew 25, 34-36:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

That should be the goal of our nation. We are beyond a doubt the most inventive, richest, and most determined people on the planet. Becuase the whole world chooses to come here for the American dream, we are the people of ambition. The people of ideas.

We once were also the people of compassion.

In my case, I try desperately to be a productive member of society, but I must limit myself. The education I have is useless without the body to use it. The longer I go struggling to stay healthy is a loss to the nation as a whole.


She is a High School Teacher that teaches Spanish, a highly sought after specialty in this day and age. My wife has an advanced Thyroid disease. Without her pills, she tires easily and puts on weight that can cause other problems.

I need vials of insulin that without insurance would cost me nearly $300 a pop. I need 3-6 a month depending on how I am feeling. I use 8-10 blood glucose strips that a vial of 100 can start at $35.

When I left education myself I lost my insurance. I was looking at going on my wife’s insurance, but the premiums would go from $300 a month to $700.

For us, that was the house note and the house insurance.

When the ACA was passed, 28 million Americans suddenly had hope.

They had hope that their loved ones could see a doctor.

They had hope that with better health they could become productive members of society once again.

They had hope to be alive long enough to see their kids grow up and have kids of their own.

Most of all they hope that the pain and suffering caused by their disease would end.

There was a light at the end of the tunnel.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and every Republican that instead of working to make healthcare better for all, did the exact opposite.

In doing so, they not only put millions of Americans in tough medical positions,

They extinguished our hope of a better future.

The least Christian thing they could do.

Student Debt: Allentown in the making


I am sure that that name may not ring a bell to most of you, but today the men and women who were born after the 60s are living it. Billy Joel immortalized its status and set the tone for every America struggling under a mounting see of college debt.

The song is the anthem of our age.

Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

I remember growing up a child of the 80s and early 90s. Every class was the same after the 5th Grade. “Work hard in your classes. Be mindful of your teachers in class, so you can be admitted to a good college and have a good job with benefits.”

And so we worked hard because we had dreams of being lawyers, doctors, and computer technicians. We wanted to be engineers, and nurses, and even a few of us wanted to be astronauts. And we knew that the path to the high paying jobs (or so we thought), went through a college or university.

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coal
And chromium steel
And we’re waiting here in Allentown

The education system of our era showed disdain for the manual jobs such as electrician, plumber or any other job that didn’t go through a secondary school. We were taught to look down on those jobs. You wanted to be an engineer, not an electrician; the physicist was far more a career goal instead of a plumber.

Unfortunately, the jobs that are showing steady growth are those jobs.

The jobs that pay. An electrician that is in his apprenticeship can make as much as $19 dollars an hour. The average college student at the same time is paying for his or her education. The electrician that has finished his or her apprenticeship makes on average $50k a year, while his college friend who looked down on the blue collar worker is lucky to make in the $30k range.

Every child has a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our place

We cannot truly blame the generation before us. They were preparing us for what the leaders of yesterday thought the future would be like. The idea that every American would be a person that had the education and the skills to build a better tomorrow.

We were to live the American Dream. House in the suburbs, a nice car, the average nuclear family. Donna Reed or Judy Jetson. It became the American way of life to base success and self-worth by the diploma on the wall.

So now look at us.  According to CNBC, Roughly 45 million Americans carry student loan debt, and the average borrower owes at least $30,000. One in five owes more than $100,000. Over 80% of those aged 22 to 35 who haven’t purchased a house cite student loans as the primary factor, according to the National Association of Realtors; many are denied mortgages because of their debt-to-income ratio, and significant monthly payments can also threaten credit scores.

The doctors and lawyers; those of us that followed the career paths as that society and our parents demanded led to larger and more crushing debt. With rising costs of everything that is basic necessities that seem to outpace our salaries, we are on a never-ending mouse wheel to get ahead.


Our society works on the idea of consumer growth and service industries. The nation views new home sales as an indicator of economic growth. The houses are being built, but many stands empty.  What happens as this trend of debt continues as new constructions taper off?

As new home sales decline, contractors that build those homes are no longer needed. The money that was spent in the community now dries up, calling retail and services to lose business. As they lay off workers or go out of business themselves the wheel starts to spin faster and go nowhere.

My Allentown is Orange, Texas, We are a sleepy little town on the Texas-Louisiana Border. We were built on lumber, shipbuilding and later oil and refineries. At the end of World War 2, we had as many as 60,000 inhabitants.  Since them the shipping industry has largely died, the chemical plants through automation require fewer workers today than a few years ago.

A loss of most of the good paying jobs caused smaller businesses to start to go under. Our last movie cinema shut down. We lost our hospital. The town is building franchise restaurants, but the jobs that the 21st century rely on have crawled away.

This is the modern face of America, a consumer economy that no one has the capital to consume with.

College debt is that albatross around the neck that we must address or the nation faces another depression.

Well I’m living here in Allentown
And it’s hard to keep a good man down
But I won’t be gettng up today

The choices are stark and clear. We must embrace apprenticeships for those careers that can benefit from it.  Blue collar jobs must not be looked down on by society and government.

We must either restructure existing student debt or forgive it all together. The money we lose here is nothing compared to economic collapse. It would make the 2008 recession look painless in comparison.

Finally, we need to find a way to reduce college tuition or end it. It is a small investment in our future compared to the cost if we do not.

A Shot In The Dark: The Fears of A Community

I know this is a touchy subject that most elitist in power don’t want us talking about, but we as a society have to address this growing problem that is going to erupt in major street violence or all-out civil unrest against our democracy. As a long time law enforcement officer, political leader, and community activist, I am getting tired of seeing or hearing about another black or brown family shedding tears behind an unarmed loved one being gunned down from behind while their backs were turned away from those who swore to protect and serve. I even ask how these murders are even called justifiable homicide?

As Rev. Sharpton has stated; this has become more than a Black & White issue. It’s surely more than a local issue, it’s becoming a national crisis. During my travels throughout Texas, I have often stated there must be a national policy on Criminal Justice Reform created through non-partisan legislation, crafted by a national committee of both elected officials, middle-aged and younger community activist. We must eliminate this phrase “I Was In Fear Of” from police training manuals, from laws in use as a defense to prosecution, thus creating more responsibility on the engaging officer to justify his/her actions. Courts or tribunals must give equal justice to those lives lost as they give to the engaging officer(s).We must call upon family and friends, social media contacts to use their voice to call out those elected officials and judges who engage in blind justice.


CALL!!! CALL!!! CALL!!! your State and Federal House of Representatives and Senators, ask them to remove the phrase “I Was In Fear Of” as a defense to prosecution to any and all police shootings to which the shooting victim is found to be unarmed and shot in the back. Demand for this phrase be removed from law enforcement training manuals, and the conversation of national criminal justice reforms is started.

As an individual who has worn the badge for a lifetime and bled blue, I must say there has to be a better way of doing things when dealing with deadly force situations. At this pace a killing field has begun to be created in black and brown communities of America, we must reverse this course of action and stand against gun violence against our students and our unarmed citizens. So please, make the calls. We can prevent another “Shot In The Dark.”

Mayor Cedric W. Davis Sr.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Let’s be completely honest about it, the gun debate in America plays out like the Alice sequel that Lewis Caroll never had a chance to pen.

Or maybe even he had limits to farcical and insane storylines.

I am going for the later.

So the gun debate goes like this, the gun advocate equates any attempt at gun legislation to be taking away his Constitutional rights; while the gun legislation advocate suggests that a gun that can fire multiple rounds a minute should not be in the hands of a civilian, you do not need an AR-15 to hunt.

To the that the gun rights advocate shouts back (I almost said shoots back, but let’s not give a tense situation any ideas!), that those guns are meant to protect the citizenry from an overreaching central government.

To which the gun legislation group asks, “Really, now how many rounds of an AR-15 does it take to scratch the paint on an Abrams Maint Battle Tank?”

To which the Gun Rights advocate usually rips off his shirt jumps on the table screaming, “MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT!!! YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY THIS FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!”

The gun legislation guy then looks away in disgust muttering, “Dude, you need to work out. And maybe some time in the sun…”

That is not exactly how it goes, but you get the picture. Maybe as well, a mental image you didn’t want to get.

Now the background. The Second Amendment was written by James Madison after the adoption of the Constitution. The thinking behind that was a theory that the national government would not field a large peacetime army, instead, the nation would call on state militias to help fight off a foreign foe.

At the time the theory makes good sense. Even today, our nation has a large national guard to call on and a smaller regular army. Unfortunately, there is also a more ominous side to it. Southern states wanted the right to arm militias in case of slave uprisings.

The interesting thing is that the Supreme Court would not hear the first case involving the 2nd Amendment until 1876 in U.S. v. Cruikshank. The case involved members of the Ku Klux Klan not allowing black citizens the right to standard freedoms, such as the right to assembly and the right to bear arms. As part of the ruling, the court said the right of each individual to bear arms was not granted under the Constitution. Ten years later, the court affirmed the ruling in Presser v. Illinois when it said that the Second Amendment only limited the federal government from prohibiting gun ownership, not the states.

The Supreme Court took up the issue again in 1894 in Miller v. Texas. In this case, Dallas’ Franklin Miller sued the state of Texas, arguing that despite state laws saying otherwise, he should have been able to carry a concealed weapon under Second Amendment protection. The court disagreed, saying the Second Amendment does not apply to state laws, like Texas’ restrictions on carrying dangerous weapons.

That is how the laws were interpreted for most of the 20th Century.

In the District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 all of it changed. Dick Heller, a licensed special police officer in Washington, D.C., challenged the nation’s capital’s handgun ban. The Supreme Court ruled that despite state laws, individuals who were not part of a state militia did have the right to bear arms. The court wrote, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

Two years later the Court as part of McDonald v. City of Chicago, which challenged the city’s ban on private handgun ownership. In a similar 5-to-4 ruling, the court affirmed its decision in the Heller case, saying the Second Amendment “applies equally to the federal government and the states.”


Now, let us for a second discount all of that.

Instead, let’s delve into the heart of the NRA and Ammosexual argument. From American Taliban leader Wayne LaPierre argues that the 2nd Amendment exists to protect the citizens from liberal tyranny. When he isn’t out scaring the hell out of the nation to up gun sales, he is pushing his anti-government theories.

The NRA argues that a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun. Yet for instance, after instance we see shooters unleashing mayhem were there are armed bystanders that are either taken down as well or who never shoot back.

But let’s focus on the core argument.

Fear. They state a fear of a police state.

Which all in all, makes their proposal for gun violence ironically preposterous.

They want to put armed marshals in schools. And in theaters, and in malls, and in churches, well basically everywhere.

So their solution is to put armed government agents everywhere to stop active shooters.

It boils down that to protect the citizens from a shooter so gun owners can be ready to defend us from a police state is to become a police state.

Excuse my while I chase this white rabbit.



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