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Legal Reform: Long Overdue

Posted by on 5:04 pm in About Blackacre, Anthony Lamar, Blackacre, Criminal Justice System Reform, Excessive Force, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Paternity Fraud, Police Abuse, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race | 0 comments

We are now mired in a great debate regarding one of our most important institutions and one-sixth of the nation’s economy, i.e., America’s health care system. Should the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obama Care be repealed, replaced or instead enhanced? Is there a role for private insurance companies or is a single payer system the preferred course of action? Most importantly, is health care a right of all Americans or the privilege few? These are important questions to be sure. However, health care is not the only institution in...

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Reason to Hope

Posted by on 4:50 pm in About Blackacre, Adversity, Blackacre, Charlottesville, Dylann Roof, Forgiveness, Hurricane Harvey, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Neo Nazi's, Nonviolent Resistance, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, The Charleston Massacre, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Charleston, South Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia and Houston Texas all share tragedy, two the result of man’s inhumanity to man, the latter by an act of nature. Nevertheless, all three incidents and our collective reaction to them models the way for addressing our racial and social divide. On June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof, a then 21-year old, white Supremacist massacred nine African-Americans and injured many more as they worshipped in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Recently,...

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A New Statue of Limitations

Posted by on 7:45 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice System Reform, Forgiveness, incarceration, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, social welfare | 2 comments

How relevant is a 10-year old criminal conviction to protecting society, punishing the law-breaker, deterring further criminal conduct or rehabilitating the wrongdoer? How predictive of future behavior is a prior offense that spans decades? These questions are especially germane where the individual in question has paid his debt to society, has not re-offended for multiple, consecutive years and is otherwise a law-abiding, productive citizen. Consider further the blatant bias, questionable ethics and tendency of the criminal justice system to...

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Aid and Comfort

Posted by on 7:53 pm in About Blackacre, Black Issues, Blackacre, Charlottesville, Domestic Terrorism, Donald Trump, Heather Heyer, Klu Klux Klan, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Neo Nazi's, politics, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, The Alt-Right, Think Tank | 2 comments

  We have not forgotten our promise to refrain from obsessing about President Trump. Today’s post is therefore vastly different from that which we originally intended. But we would be remiss not to comment on the President’s latest insanity. We speak of the “Unite the White” Rally and the subsequent racial violence of Charlottesville, Virginia, the President’s initial response to the rally, his subsequent, yet disappointing condemnation of the white Nationalist who occasioned the tragedy and the President’s following melt-down...

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Children Without Conscience, Response and Reply

Posted by on 4:00 pm in About Blackacre, Adversity, Black Issues, Black Lives Matter, Black on Black Crime, Blackacre, Civil Rights, Domestic Terrorism, Jamal Dunn, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Opioids, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, social welfare, Terrorism, The Alt-Right, Virginia | 22 comments

On August 1, 2017, we published a post entitled, Heartless, Children Without Conscience. The piece took to task a group of 5 African American teens, who offered no assistance to a drowning man. They instead mocked, ridiculed and verbally abused him. We received multiple responses to the article, one of which was noteworthy. The issues raised by both the article and response, coupled with the recent invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia by white Supremacist and the carnage that is Chicago demand a reply. The Respondent began her commentary with...

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Heartless, Children Without Conscience

Posted by on 8:48 pm in About Blackacre, Black Issues, Black on Black Crime, Blackacre, crime, Criminal Justice, Family and Children, Jamal Dunn, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, Shame, Uncategorized | 13 comments

  On July 9, 2017, Jamel Dunn, a 31-year-old, disabled African American man drowned in a retention pond in Cocoa, Florida. As he struggled and screamed for help, a group of 5 African American teens witnessed his fate. They offered neither aid nor assistance. They sought no help and did not call 911. Instead they ridiculed and mocked Jamal. http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/20/teens-filmed-mocked-drowning-man-cocoa-police-say/495518001/. We’re not gonna help you ***. Shouldn’t have gotten in. Drowning. What the heck....

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Making Peace with the Past

Posted by on 8:27 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Forgiveness, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Love, Motivation, Personal Motivation, Progressive policy, Public Disgrace, Reconciliation, Shame | 8 comments

  There are several steps to making peace with the past. First, whether completely innocent or mostly guilty take personal responsibility for your situation and own the damn thing. We are all required to take a sober assessment of our circumstances, recognize and experience genuine remorse for our misdeeds, make restitution to those we have harmed and atone for our transgressions. Second, embrace gratitude and acceptance. It is fit and proper to recognize our shortcomings. It is not appropriate however to let them defeat us. As long as we...

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“I Just Want This to be Over”, Compulsory Poverty and the Groveling Demand

Posted by on 7:48 pm in Blackacre, Charity, Forgiveness, hashtagdrunkjudge, Homelessness, Justice, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Love, Poverty, Progressive Think Tank, Public Disgrace, Public Policy, Shame, social welfare | 0 comments

  These are the words of Rochester City Judge, Leticia Astacio. Recently sentenced to 60 days in jail plus 3 years-probation for violating the conditions of her 2016 DWI conviction, the Judge’s fall from grace is now complete. From this day forward she will forever be known as ‘hashtagdrukenjudge’.   http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/07/06/judge-leticia-astacio-sentenced/103462976/. If Judge Astacio operated a vehicle while intoxicated and violated the rules of probation, she should be punished. However, carried to...

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The Tar of Disgrace, Never Forgotten and Never Forgiven

Posted by on 8:19 pm in About Blackacre, Forgiveness, Justice, Leo Barron Hicks, Love, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Disgrace, Public Policy, Shame, Think Tank | 2 comments

  “I felt like every layer of my skin and my identity was ripped off me … It’s a skinning of sorts. You feel incredibly raw and frightened. But I also feel like the shame sticks to you like tar.” https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/16/monica-lewinsky-shame-sticks-like-tar-jon-ronson. These are the words of Monica Lewinsky, the former full-time intern and part-time courtesan of President Bill Clinton. Her role in the impeachment of Clinton was to have inappropriate sex, with the President, in the White House; a...

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The Case for Broken Vessels

Posted by on 4:21 pm in About Blackacre, Adversity, Forgiveness, Leo Barron Hicks, Love, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy | 1 comment

We have all experienced public humiliation, communal scorn and social expulsion. Shame is a part of our shared humanity, an emotion which both separates and binds us. We realize that at times, public disdain and social isolation serves a legitimate purpose. There are some who are so detrimental to society as to warrant banishment. Adolf Hitler readily comes to mind. Moreover, some deeds are so repulsive as to cut against forgiveness. Consider for example child sexual abuse, public defecation or bestiality. The mere mention of such conduct...

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