“Institutional” racism: What does it mean?

What are they talking about?
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (Washington DC, June 8,2020) One issue has been lingering over the activities of the past few weeks which really has to be examined. “Institutional” racism is a term used with, it seems, little clear idea of what it means.
“Institutional” racism
America has had a problem with the treatment of minorities since the beginning. Most prominent among the persecuted minorities have been the African Americans who were held as slaves at the time of the writing of the Constitution. Other minorities have also faced discrimination at various times in our history, including American Indians, Hispanics, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Catholics, the Mormons, the Germans, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Jews and others.

What the hell is going on?

Miami Florida  (May 31, 2020)
Stealing, burning, and shooting have nothing to do with the murder of a poor civilian!
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (Washington DC, May 31, 2020) There’s hardly a need for another rant about the need for law and order to fight the chaos America has seen the last few nights. So, I will ask another question,
Where were the police?
In city after city, the rioters are being allowed to ravage whole neighborhoods with not a cop in sight. Even though most cities have access to their National Guard, none were used even to limit, let alone stop the mayhem. Here in Washington DC, the Secret Service were out in force to protect the White House – which they did — so the crowd was moved on to wreak havoc elsewhere.

What a mess!

Recovery in partisan crosshairs; New conspiracy evidence; China fighting back!
By Dr. Larry Fedewa
(Washington DC, May 24, 2020) – As if quarantine and recovery were not enough to worry about, Americans have other headlines competing for our attention. Most tiresome is the conflict between those who want to resume economic activity as much as possible and those who don’t. At issue is the frustration experienced by everybody at the lifestyle we have been forced to adopt because of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic – everybody staying home while their jobs and earnings dwindle away.
Recovery in partisan crosshairs
A vocal minority has rebelled openly against the closed-door policies of many jurisdictions which have been slow to authorize the back-to-work recommendations of the President. Some are claiming that these restrictive mandates violate the basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Others are desperate for an income, still others are just tired of the inactivity. None of this is too surprising given the circumstances.

Trump’s Leadership Underrated

Look past the words at the actions
By Dr, Larry Fedewa
(Washington DC, May 17, 2020) – As the saying around Washington goes, “President Donald J. Trump frequently steps on his own message”. Nowhere is that observation more accurate than in the matter of his leadership during the current crisis. His verbal descriptions of the steps he has taken and the reasons for each step sound a lot like bragging – even, at times, a plea for credit. But in few cases do they clearly and accurately convey either the obstacles or the strategy that led to these decisions – both of which have been significant.
Let’s do a brief recap. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the country into the worst crisis since Pearl Harbor. The President started our national response virtually alone. As the crisis began to take shape, he enlisted the aid of the public health experts, the national laboratories, the privately-owned laboratories, then the hospitals, the manufacturing industry, and so on, as new requirements arose, one after the other.

Notes on the President’s May 3rd “Town Hall”

A matter of language
By Dr. Larry Fedewa
 (Washington DC, May 4, 2020)Fox News presented a “virtual Town Hall” program last evening featuring President Donald Trump answering videotaped questions for two hours. For those who have been catching the President’s daily news conferences, there was little new information. Apparently, the President’s assumption was that the audience had not been following the daily briefings. For those voters this was a status report on the country’s efforts to recover from the pandemic, both medically and economically.
Rather than attempt to summarize the status report – most of which is already familiar to those who follow the news — we will look here at whether the interview was an overall success or not.

Will America 2.0 see a revaluation of Labor?

Has COVID-19 softened Labor/Management relations?
By Dr. Larry Fedewa
(Washington DC, April 26, 2020) Entrepreneur extraordinaire Mark Cuban has coined the term, “America 2.0” to designate the new realities Americans will face as a result of the COVID-19 quarantine. One of those realities has been the highlighting of the interdependence of labor and management required to attain a successful business. In case after case, we have heard employers and business owners discuss the extreme measures they have undertaken to reduce the burdens on their employees as they face loss of wages and even employment. Their pleas for help have finally penetrated even the hallowed halls of Congress and the Federal Reserve.
Many are learning the lessons that John Mackey discusses in his account of the time when his Whole Foods store would have failed if not saved by the efforts of his loyal employees, suppliers and customers. (Conscious Capitalism, 2013) He discovered that the fate of his business was really in the hands of all those whom he had served so diligently. They had repaid his loyalty to them by proving they were also stakeholders in his company.

What will happen on Main Street?

Will there be permanent changes after COVID-19 is gone?
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (Washington DC, April 19,2020) The total shut-down of American activity will soon be drawing to an end, one area at a time. When we look around us at the world of shutters and silence, it may be worth thinking about this sheltered lifestyle and trying to project forward toward “a new normal”, that is, what effects might this time have on the future? We will look at several areas of American life: home and family, business, recreation and entertainment, and social trends – as a small sample of a very complex topic.
Home and Family Life
Perhaps the most significant experience of this period is “Shelter in place”, namely “don’t leave home”. This home-centered existence runs completely counter to a social trend of the entire society since World War II, the ever-increasing pressure of commercial and social activity drawing Americans AWAY from home, and therefore also away from family. The agricultural economy of previous eras kept people at home as their place of business and in fact involved all but the very young in the business of the farm. Urbanization pulled away first the father, then – as one effect of WWII – the mothers began to enter the work force. Finally, compulsory schooling pulled the children away from home.

Republican activist agenda for 2020 elections

Republicans have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become the majority party!
(Washington DC. April 11, 2020 by Dr. Larry Fedewa) For Republican activists who would like to a plan of action for the summer and fall, I would suggest that they work to increase the Republican Party’s base. There are three constituencies which the Republicans need to capture if they wish to return to majority party status: black voters, Hispanics, and suburban women.
Black voters
a.    Background
Remember that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863 and black Republicans were the first elected officials of their race during Reconstruction. This phase ended when the Democrats struck back with the Ku Klux Klan and began a reign of terror against southern blacks which lasted until Republican Dwight Eisenhower signed the Voting Rights Bill of 1957, the first victory of the civil rights movement.

How do we end this?

Employers must be part of the re-open strategy
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (Washington DC — April 6, 2020) Two weeks ago, we discussed “Trump’s huge gamble”, namely, his decision to follow the action plan prescribed by the public health experts rather than attempt to mitigate the effects of coronavirus with less drastic means.
To date, that strategy seems to be effective in reducing the spread of the disease to more or less manageable dimensions. The prevalence of cases seems increasingly limited to densely populated urban areas, most notably, New York City.