James Michael Brodie

Writer/author -- I am a journalist who has written about education and other issues. I am also a former teacher in Baltimore City School System, grew up in Colorado. Have written a few books on Black history, and have 20 years experience as a journalist. As for politics, I guess I am a liberal-leaning Independent. I prefer conversation over shouting matches -- and feel free to call me on that when I fall out of line.
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Rough Tradition

Baltimore. My city. Gearing up for reaction to the first verdict in the trial of the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. To say things are tense here would be an understatement. No one knows how people will feel, how people will react.

Some Thoughts on Race and Crime…

A lot of tough questions have to be addressed if we are to have a real conversation about race. And all of us have to face realities without excuses.

At the Movies in the White House

With all of the hoopla surrounding the films screened in the Obama White House, I got curious about what the past presidents watched. What follows is by no means complete, but an interesting bit of history.

Not So Academic

At least nine University of North Carolina employees have been fired or placed under disciplinary review for taking part in a cheating scandal that stretched over two decades and impacted some 3,100 students.

Promise and Problems

Self-proclaimed critics attempted to tie Michael Brown to the Gangsta Life of the rap songs and violence, concluding that a kid with no criminal record was no better than a thug. Perhaps these critics have forgotten about the past, when young children idolized the pirates of the 1700s, the cowboys of the 1800s Old West, and the gangsters, bank robbers and killers of the early 1900s for their criminal exploits.

Race-Based Research: A History Lesson for Mr. Ryan

  Have you ever asked yourself why someone would decide that it was somehow important to conduct comparatives studies on the intellectual outcomes of human beings based solely on skin...

Mandela Thoughts…

 He was the greatest leader of my lifetime...   As a student at the University of Colorado in the 1970s, I was part of an effort that fought against apartheid and...

The Gun Debate: A Perspective

When you see what guns can do in the wrong hands each and every day -- not just once in a blue moon -- there is no time for fantasy.

On a Cloudy Day

On a Cloudy Day By James Michael Brodie One night, years ago, I was driving down a quiet road at night with...