Author Archives: Joe Grimm

Indigenous injustices’ bitter legacy

Two stories about Indigenous people came crossed each other recently. One informs the other. One story, out of Canada, told of the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children who died years ago at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. … Continue reading

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Exploiting the Holocaust

Since comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Georgia) has been receiving a barrage of criticism. The Associated Press reported that Taylor-Greene “excoriated safety protocols adopted by House Democrats, including a requirement that masks be worn on … Continue reading

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Remembering Tulsa race massacre

The 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre of May 31-June 1, 1921 is being revisited after a century of having been largely buried. The very few remaining survivors help make that happen because, for a little while longer, are direct … Continue reading

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Memorial Day mistake

With all the best intentions, people will wish veterans a “Happy Memorial Day.” But those intentions are misdirected. Memorial Day recognizes service members who had died. Veterans Day (Nov. 11) is for the living. That is the time to celebrate … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic hate crimes increase

The Anti-Defamtion League reported this week that “During the two weeks of military conflict between Israel and Hamas in May 2021, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reported to ADL increased by 75% compared to the two weeks before the fighting … Continue reading

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The Rock stands alone

This month’s report from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California surprised me. In examining Asian and Pacific Islanders in 1,300 films (pdf), it found that one actor — one — held a third of all the … Continue reading

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How did May become APIA Heritage Month?

This May, while attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise, we might ask how May became Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month? There are good reasons for that and a great story behind it. The reasons have to do with … Continue reading

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‘Geriatric Millennials’: 4 better ways to say that

Let’s face it. Generations are hard — and hard on each other. The convenient but arbitrary cutoff dates that cleave generations always leave some people on the cutting room floor. Start with the fact that the labels are usually imposed … Continue reading

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Pew on American Jewish identity

A survey of American Jewish adults by the Pew Research Center confirms or updates some of our ideas. ideas about who they are. The results, released this month, come from 4,718 interviews. Here are five top takeaways: 27% did not … Continue reading

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Buddhists live stream Asian American ancestors ceremony on May 4

Lion’s Roar reports that May We Gather, a national Buddhist memorial ceremony for Asian American ancestors, will be live streamed at 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. The day is seven weeks from the day of the Atlanta … Continue reading

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