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Confessions of an Marxist Ideologue

Rodney D. Coates ~

            Well, my colleague (Sam Friedman) has challenged me to identify the Marxist ideologues that I refer to in my most recent blurb.  The problem with friends is that they hold us accountable.  And if confession, as my Baptist friends constantly remind me, is good for the soul, then let me here and now confess –that yes once I was a Marxist ideologue.  Where do I begin –at the beginning I suppose. 

Most of you know that I was in the military, a Viet Nam veteran, and duri

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By Rodney D. Coates


Yesterday, across the U.S. headlines screamed that the “Duke Lacrosse Accuser”, “woman who falsely accused Duke Lacrosse Team” in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, ABC News  even the Boston Globe, the story actually made headlines in the UK –has been yet again arrested.   It seems that that Crystal Mangum has been reduced to “that woman” “accuser” of the Duke Lacrosse Team.  But who is ‘that woman” and why has she achieved such notoriety.  Clearly, one who can displac

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                When I taught in Georgia, several years ago, I was repeatedly impressed by its many folk sayings.  Phrases like “butter my biscuits”, “cuter than a speckled dog in a red wagon”, “rode hard and put up wet”  and “above your raisin” peppered the conversations in bars and barbershops, town hall meetings and corner store gatherings.  Among all of the sayings that I recollect –few had the staying power of “It’s a poor dog that won’t wag its own tail.”  I must admit, upon first hearing

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In Celebration of an American Month of History

Speech at Toyota Motor Sales –USA -Erlanger, Kentucky
-February 7, 2011

By Rodney D. Coates*

First of all I would like to thank Mr. James E. Lentz President & Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Mr. Sylvester Ogletree and the African American Collaborative and the Awareness Committee for inviting to speak to you today as you kick off your black history celebrations. As I began preparing, I thought it might be prudent to see just who Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. was and in what w

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Dare to Pursue Dr. King’s Dream


Americas’ response to the senseless violence that claimed the lives of 6 and injured another 14 in Arizona once again demonstrates the power of hope over despair, peace over violence, and love over hate.  These tragedies coming on the heels of our celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also reminds us of his dream for a better America.  Martin Luther King’s August 28, 1963 speech “I have a Dream” galvanized the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans regardless o

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We do live in interesting times

Rodney D. Coates:

As the political dust begins to settle, there are many who are
already passing the blame and taking credit for what appears to be a major
shift in American politics. The Republicans in a sweeping set of victories
have reclaimed the House of Representatives, while the Democrats only
narrowly held on to the Senate. Already pundits are sifting through the
debris, sorting through the tea leaves, and superficially deconstructing this
most recent of elections. The problem, as with mo
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