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Posted by on 4:10 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Faith, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Motivation, Post Traumatic Stress, Progressive Think Tank | 4 comments

While a lovely sentiment, the notion that all things work together for good initially strikes us as counter intuitive, naïve and nonsensical. WWII did not benefit those who died in the Nazi ovens. Nine eleven did not help those who were slain in the Twin Towers. And given our reluctance to pass meaningful gun control, the Vegas Massacre does not bode well for the next victims of gun violence. It may be more accurate to say that some clouds may have a silver lining, but only for those lucky enough survive the storm. Like the protagonist in...

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Arsenal America, Gun Crazy

Posted by on 9:23 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Charlottesville, Constitutional Rights, crime, Gun Violence, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, Mass Shootings, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Second Amendment, Terrorism | 1 comment

To no one’s surprise, the nation has experienced yet another mass shooting, the deadliest to date. In Las Vegas, Nevada, in the span of only ten minutes, one man killed 58 people and wounded almost 500 more. Soon, every major city in the nation will have its own mass shooting. Yet, when these atrocities occur we engage in a familiar pattern of faulty analysis, empty moments and political dodgeball; anything to avoid the issue of gun control. It is more than appropriate to humanize the victims and their families with stories, montages and...

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The ‘Knee Thing’

Posted by on 6:27 pm in About Blackacre, Blackacre, Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, Constitutional Rights, Donald Trump, Excessive Force, Flag Protest, Football, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, National Anthem, Patriotism, politics, Professional Sports, Progressive policy, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Race, Silent Protest, Think Tank | 8 comments

We confess that the issue of political speech is complex, especially when it concerns patriotism and race. A Cleveland Tennessee business owner is pulling his commercials from NFL broadcasts for the rest of the season because of the ‘knee thing’. According to Allen Jones, CEO of Check Into Cash and suit maker Hardwicke Clothes “his companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior.” http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/tennessee-business-owner-pulls-nfl-ads-over-unpatriotic-protests/ar-AAsAjxP?li=BBnb7Kz. However, there is more than...

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Messy

Posted by on 8:36 pm in Blackacre, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Flag Protest, Leadership, Leo Barron Hicks, National Anthem, Nonviolent Resistance, Patriotism, politics, Professional Sports, Progressive Think Tank, Public Policy, Silent Protest | 10 comments

There are people in this world who simply are not happy unless they are mad. If there is peace they will cause conflict. If there is agreement, they will create chaos. If there is harmony they will reach into their bag of tricks and bring the drama; anything to start a fight. These are the shit starters and chief among them is President Donald J. Trump. Leaving aside for the moment the issues of constitutionally protected free speech and whether kneeling in silent protest to social injustice during the playing of the national anthem is...

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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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