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The Seattle Times Jerry Large – The Seattle Times

I try to write about the intersections of everyday life and big issues. I like to invite readers to think a little differently. The topics I choose represent the things in which I take an interest, and I try to deal with them the way most folks would, som

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America long has needed the corrective lens of ‘Black Panther’

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800

The new Marvel Studios movie shows Africans and African Americans as complex, whole people — and that is a contribution to American storytelling that should benefit any viewer.

Build homes — not spiky fences — for Seattle homeless

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800

We’re going to have a homelessness problem until we get serious about addressing the root causes from the start: poverty, racism, inadequate mental-health and substance-abuse care.

Comedian W. Kamau Bell draws inspiration from Bruce Lee in Seattle

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Bell is such a fan of Lee that the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in town asked him to record a welcome video for the Bruce Lee Part 4 exhibit, scheduled to open March 10.

Auburn beating shows racist ideas can inhabit bodies of any color

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800

Anyone can commit a racist hate crime because anyone can be tainted by the ideology that defines people by race.

In what was said — and wasn’t — Trump revealed the real state of the union is troubled

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:47:14 -0800

Among other things, the speech was laced with nonfactual statements, but even that was a reminder of the path we’ve traveled over the past year and where we are. That showed in a lot of faces that seemed strained.

New leader brings passion, growth to Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0800

LaNesha DeBardelaben is bringing deep experience in museums to her effort to raise NAAM to new heights.

Gun violence should spur social examination like an Ursula K. Le Guin novel

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Ursula K. Le Guin, who died in Portland on Monday at the age of 88, is cause for reflection on the society we have, especially in light of the latest gun violence.

U.S. should take small steps toward peace with North Korea

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The United States needs to lead the way toward peace with North Korea by lowering hostility and taking small steps toward normalizing the relationship, according to local scholar Linda Lewis.

Martin Luther King Jr. predicted backlash against economic and racial progress

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0800

A new book traces Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against racism and economic exploitation as a framework for dealing with contemporary challenges in that unfinished work.

As in King’s time, civil-rights progress still requires fighting lies and promoting truth

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

It is still very necessary to speak truth to move society toward greater justice. We haven’t reached MLK’s mountain top. But we’re getting there.

Climate-change expert shows how to slay carbon bigfoot

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 19:00:00 -0800

A scientist creates a competition to encourage a grass-roots battle against global warming through individual lifestyle choices.

In 2018, I hope conservatives return to the planet of real facts

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Last year, while passionate people dedicated to space travel solved technical challenges using data and science, America left many earthbound problems unaddressed because the political right remains allergic to facts that conflict with ideology.

Let’s outdo Santa and practice kindness all year long

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

The best holiday behaviors are scientifically proven to make people feel better. Here’s to that kind of health and happiness next year.

Deadly Amtrak crash and sharp tax cuts suggest Americans’ lack of respect for common good

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

This week’s train crash near Olympia and Congress’ approval of a massive tax overhaul are symptoms of various human failings, including an erosion of concern for the common good in this country.

While the public is seeing a tsunami of sex-abuse allegations, let’s push gender equality

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Greater gender equality can erode the power that enables male abuse of women. Push that agenda now, while the public is paying attention.

If Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama shows us anything, it’s that we desperately need change

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

That Senate race has revealed important racial and gender fault lines in this country. Maybe some day we’ll reach a level of equality and humanity that makes our current hard, political lines more permeable.

Rampant inequity is solvable in King County — just ask Dr. David Fleming

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Using lessons learned in other countries, a local project, Global to Local, continues its search for the best ways to improve health through improving communities.

Beverly Tatum wrote the book about race talk. She’s at it again with an urgency for our times.

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The clinical psychologist wrote the best-seller in the 1990s and is now updating the text. On a recent visit to Seattle, she said she believes we need to have conversations about race in order to create better communities for everyone.

Trump’s out of control — so let’s elect a Congress that can contain him

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Trump annoys the British, as reaction to his retweets of a right-wing, anti-Muslim group in Britain demonstrated last week. But he’s a real danger to us Americans.

Jenny Durkan, don’t expect a minute’s rest as Seattle’s mayor

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

With a new mayor, Seattle is again off on a journey of discovery. Will we get what we voted for?