Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is an award-winning journalist who lives in Baltimore.
If you like her as a performer, you're sure to love her as an activist. Therein lies my problem with Lady Gaga.
I think she's only so-so as a performer, and I detest her as an activist.
Yes, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta - "Lady Gaga" to her legion of adoring fans -- is at it again. Last month she performed at a concert in Phoenix, where she used some unconfirmed anecdote about police raiding the home of an illegal immigrant family and deporting one of its members "over a traffic ticket or something." Read More
Friday was Constitution Day. It was also the day that Joseph Collum's new book "The Black Dragon: Racial Profiling Exposed," was published. That suits Collum just fine.
Collum is very big on the 14th Amendment, and he's downright leery about proposals that involve fiddling with it, overhauling it, repealing it or even tinkering with it on a minor scale. Read More
Justin Hudson is a young, black, intellectually gifted graduate of New York City's prestigious Hunter College High School. And he feels pretty darned guilty about that.
Rapper Lil Wayne (born Dwayne M. Carter Jr.) is young, black and serving a one-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession. Carter has also made claims that he's a member of the Bloods street gang, and he doesn't feel guilty about a darned thing. Read More
Before you dismiss me as a Muslim-bashing Quran burner, read on. And yes, I agree that Jones, the pastor of a Florida church who threatened to burn copies of the Quran to protest the proposed mosque being built "at" ground zero, is way over his 15-minutes-of-fame allotment.
Having said that, I'll add this: stories like that about Jones are what columnists live for. And Jones' story started off weird and got only weirder. Read More
As we left the car rental center at the Fort Lauderdale airport to drive to Miami, the service agent had a word of advice for my colleague and me.
"Do you speak Spanish?" he asked.
"No," we answered.
"Then don't get lost," he cautioned. Read More
Chicago gang members -- some current, some former -- held a press conference Thursday. During that press conference, these tough guys whined that police were unfairly targeting them.
Now don't that just leave ya prostrate with grief?
Here's the background in a nutshell, according to the Associated Press: Read More
Shame, shame, shame on you if you didn't know Miss Mexico was going to win the Miss Universe pageant.
I knew it the very second Jimena Navarrete was announced as one of the 15 semifinalists. Was this some ESP on my part, some inside knowledge or special expertise?
Nah. I'm just leery of anything Donald Trump has a hand in, especially after what happened after the last two Miss USA pageants. In 2009, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, gave an honest but politically incorrect answer to a question about gay marriage.
She didn't win. Read More
And this, dear Examiner readers, is why we have immigration laws in the first place.
In the past couple of weeks, a girl described as being only 13 to 15 years old pulled a gun on a couple of Latino men and demanded their money. They refused. She shot both, one fatally.
The men were two of five Latino men shot on Baltimore streets recently. Some of those shootings have been fatal. This past weekend, 51-year-old Martin Reyes died after a brutal beating. The man charged with the crime has been described as one suffering from chronic mental illness. Read More
If Youssef Makki is still alive, he must be wondering what all the fuss about a mosque "at" ground zero is all about.
And if he's dead, he just might be turning over in his grave.
I met Makki in May of 1996. He was a giant of a man, and a high-ranking officer in the Sudanese People's Liberation Army, which at the time was waging war against the fundamentalist Islamic regime then running roughshod over his people in the Nuba Mountains and the people of southern Sudan. Read More
So now, weighing in on the controversy about Arizona's SB 1070, we have that renowned legal expert and pundit known as ... Lady Gaga?
Yes, you read that right. In early August, "Gaga" -- whose mommy had the good sense to name her Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta -- performed at a concert in Phoenix. She couldn't resist getting in on the debate about Arizona's SB 1070, that piece of legislation giving the state's police an effective means of curbing illegal immigration. Read More
In the final moments of his life, Omar Thornton managed to grievously insult my mother. So did his girlfriend, Kristi Hannah.
Last week Thornton walked into Hartford Distributors in Manchester, Conn., and gunned down 10 people. Eight of them died. Thornton made a 911 call to police before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.
The reason for his massacre, Thornton told the 911 dispatcher, was racism. Read More
I heard it again just last week.
That would be the most racist remark being uttered in America these days. And it didn't come from right-wingers, conservatives, conservative bloggers, Republicans or members of the Tea Party movement.
No, this distinctly racist remark, whenever I've heard it, has come from liberals and others on the left. It's a remark about black Americans, and the ones saying it the most are. ...
Black Americans. Read More
Some people just don't know when to shut up. Shirley Sherrod is one of those people.
Fired unjustly by the Obama administration, Sherrod received plenty of sympathy from liberals and conservatives alike. Anybody who felt any sympathy for the woman directed his or her ire toward President Obama, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack or conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.
Then Sherrod opened her mouth; she apparently forgot it was talking that brought about her predicament in the first place. Read More
Boy, did Shirley Sherrod get reamed. Those who did the reaming admitted as much. And one of them was not, I repeat, not, Andrew Breitbart.
Sherrod was the U.S. Department of Agriculture official who worked in Georgia before Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave her the boot. In 1986, Sherrod was director of the Georgia State Office for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.
In that capacity she found herself in the position of helping a white farmer. For Sherrod, a black woman, this presented a conflict. Read More
There is simply no delicate, nice way to put this: Attorney General Eric Holder is lying.
On the CBS show "Face the Nation" this past Sunday, Holder said it is "not true at all" that the Department of Justice's lawsuit against Arizona's SB 1070 is politically motivated. Then Holder tried to take the constitutional high road, claiming that the Arizona law allowing local police to inquire about the immigration status of those reasonably suspected of being illegal immigrants is "inconsistent with our federal Constitution." Read More