It was 46 years ago today when Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis. This was his final sermon.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life–longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.

Remembering Frankie Knuckles- Frankie Knuckles on the cover of today’s Chicago Sun-Times and Knuckles with Barack and Michelle Obama.

How Republicans View Obamacare - Mike Nellis marked up this chart to show what Republicans think about the Affordable Care Act.

How Republicans View Obamacare - Mike Nellis marked up this chart to show what Republicans think about the Affordable Care Act.

(Source: think-progress)

The Critics Were Wrong About Obamacare - A new report this morning shows Obamacare has reached its goal of signing up 7 million Americans by yesterday’s March 31 deadline. And a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows more Americans now support Obamacare than oppose it. The main groups that don’t like the law are the usual suspects — whites, older people, conservatives, Republicans, and wealthier people.

#CancelColbert or #CancelRedskins?

I was surprised to learn this weekend that people were asking to #CancelColbert because Stephen Colbert mocked Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder by using an anti-Asian slur. I thought Colbert was making the same point I did last year when I posted on Twitter about the San Francisco Chinamen.

I saw Colbert’s original Redskins skit on TV but not the controversial tweet that quoted the skit out of context. I don’t agree with those who say Colbert’s Asian imitation was not racist. Of course it was. But I don’t think Colbert would disagree. In fact, I thought that was the point. I felt Colbert was trying to mock those who support the Redskins name when they say Native Americans should not be offended. By illustrating his point with another minority group, the racism becomes abundantly clear.

Group members are never monolithic, and some will find Colbert’s stunt offensive while others may not. Still, Asian-Americans have every right to be offended by whatever offends them. But that, you see, is the whole point about the Redskins. Native Americans have every right to be offended by that name, and telling them to lighten up or citing one or two pro-Redskins Native Americans who are not offended proves nothing.

In other words, the move to #CancelColbert shows exactly why we should #CancelRedskins. And that, I believe, was Stephen Colbert’s point. Racism is wrong. Period.

But that raises a question about the limits and boundaries of comedy. Should Asian-Americans be used as “collateral damage,” as Brittney Cooper argues, to make a point about racism directed at Native Americans? That’s an important question, which I think Colbert himself addressed in January in this brilliant skit on racism (above) that insults Asians, Latinos, blacks, Jews, and women.

No I don’t think we should cancel The Colbert Report. Colbert’s satire provides one of the freshest and most provocative platforms for progressive thought on cable TV. But if, somehow, some way, the cancelation of that show would force Americans, and thus Dan Snyder, to realize that offensive mascots like the Redskins don’t deserve to grace professional sports teams, then I would gladly support removing the show from the air.

LA Times: Obamacare has provided health care to 9.5 million previously uninsured

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant Response To My BET column

What Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Get About Black People

BET column

My initial response to Kobe Bryant comment that he wasn’t impressed by the Miami Heat players’ decision in 2012 to pose for a photograph in hoodies after the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Read full column here.

My Marijuana Confession

BET column

Legalizing marijuana is, and always has been, a civil rights issue for African Americans, especially since blacks are nearly 4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Read full column here.