Author Archives: Joe Grimm

The Blue Wall of Silence and the police killing of George Floyd

The Blue Wall of Silence, also called the Blue Code or the Blue Shield, is a protective silence by police about officers who commit crimes, including police brutality. The murder trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd in … Continue reading

Posted in Police officers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

COVID protocols for Muslims during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan, now being celebrated by Muslims around the world, is having some COVID-related adjustments. CNN answers questions about what is different about this, the second Ramadan to fall under the shadow of the pandemic. The answers … Continue reading

Posted in Muslims | Leave a comment

What is Vaisakhi?

This colorful holiday, celebrated on April 13 or 14, is recognized by Sikhs and Hindus. It marks the beginning of the Sikh and Hindu new year, which follows a solar calendar. For Sikhs Vaisakhi, also called Baisakhi, has historical and … Continue reading

Posted in Sikhs | Leave a comment

Images that bred racism now used to fight it

By Dina Kaur “It’s not going to do any good for us to pretend that hatred does not exist,” said Ruth Ann Jones during a Michigan State University Libraries special collections Zoom session: Unpacking Racist Stereotypes. The April 1 session … Continue reading

Posted in African Americans, Culture | Leave a comment

Ramadan greetings in Arabic and English

What do you say to a Muslim at Ramadan? You may greet the person in their everyday language or in Arabic, the language of Islam. Most Muslims in the world are not Arabs, but they use the language in their … Continue reading

Posted in Arab Americans, Muslims | Leave a comment

Marking International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, President Joe Biden marked International Transgender Day of Visibility  by issuing the first presidential proclamation recognizing the day the day. March 31 was designated in 2009 as International Transgender Day of Visibility by Rachel Crandall Crocker, executive director of Transgender … Continue reading

Posted in Gender identity | Leave a comment

Anti-Asian violence fueled by model minority myth

The model minority myth plays a role in today’s violence against Asians. Its damages have several dimensions. The myth is that Asians are universally successful. You can learn about where the myth came from and why it is not true … Continue reading

Posted in African Americans, Asian American, East Asian, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is Holi religious, cultural or just colorful fun?

Holi has elements of culture, religion, and some enjoy it just for the color runs or to post on Instagram photo of people throwing — or wearing — handfuls of colorful powder. It is photogenic, to be sure. Hindus and … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Americans | Leave a comment

Vietnam memorial honors warriors, not war

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden paid an unscheduled visit today to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As they traced names of fallen soldiers etched into the monument, the Bidens marked National Vietnam Veterans Day. It … Continue reading

Posted in Defense, Veterans | Leave a comment

LGBTQ+ identification rises in Gallup polling

Gallup pollsters report that the proportion of people in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender rose from 4.5% in 2017 to 5.6% in 2020. The polling company surveyed 15,000 people over 18 and 86.7% identified as … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ+, Sexual orientation | Leave a comment