Dear Governor Huckabee,
Certainly not by creed, but by centuries-long practice, racial prejudice remains a festering pustule on the American psyche. Your erroneous comments last week, asserting that the Dred Scott vs. Sanford decision remains the law of the land, make it abundantly clear how institutional racism remains ‘a thing’ in 2015.
When you visit Prince George’s County, you shouldn’t leave without tasting food from every culture that is locally represented in the region. Since I am a true West Indian, I could not resist bringing some island flavors to this week’s Forks Up review.
This column is dedicated to our fellow food lovers who know what good food is and don’t take it for granted!
Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you about a restaurant, but you weren’t quite sure if you would like it? Let “Forks Up: Party of Two” be your go-to resource for restaurant reviews. We will tell you if the restaurant is worth the trip. We will visit every type of restaurant located in Prince George’s County with a mission to expose the great tastes of the county to local residents and out-of-towners. Find out how many forks we rate each restaurant, with one fork being the lowest and five forks being the highest.
In his new work “Between the World and Me”, Ta-Nehisi Coates laments the hypocritical nature of the message he received in the Baltimore City Schools, “I was a curious boy, but the schools were not concerned with curiosity. They were concerned with compliance.” When managing misbehavior replaces academic instruction, intellectual development is stifled.
An old Winston Churchill quote has been getting a lot of play of late, but it bears repeating. “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” The quip is applicable for so many of our endeavors, except for public education where we try the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.
When with peers the topic of conversation often turns to public education. One curmudgeon in the group invariably makes reference to “the good old days” marked by rote recitation of the times-tables, a time when all children were little engines of on-demand knowledge acquisition, and all teachers found a way to convey critical knowledge.
In his Remarks on the Youth Fitness Program in 1961, John F. Kennedy proposed that, “The Strength of our democracy and our country is really no greater in the final analysis than the well-being of our citizens.” That was more than fifty years ago.