Bill Ellis

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Bill Ellis: An assignment for the next Greatest Generation

Two very different articles in the May 31 Times-Call struck me. The first was a lengthy article that recounted the massacre of the Greenwood Community of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. With a death count estimated to range from 36 to 300 African Americans, this travesty rises to the level of Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre of Native Americans.
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Bill Ellis: Systemic discrimination

It is probable that systemic discrimination was a factor in George Floyd’s murder. My motivation to keep writing about this topic is to remind readers of its disastrous results. I have seen systemic discrimination against Black and brown Americans, against women, and against age, the latter against me personally. And...
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Bill Ellis: Something is rotting in D.C.

Two new representatives in Congress align themselves with rioting militias. One from Colorado, the other from Georgia. Worse, the Georgia representative thinks shooting the Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency, is a good idea. Further, militias, the bulk of people invited to storm the Capitol, are outlawed in all 50 states. When I read Michael Gerson’s column in the Feb. 5 Times-Call — “Trumpism is a denial of our founding principles” — I was astonished by this statement: “A democracy in particular depends on people who take responsibility for their communities, show an active concern for the welfare of their neighbors, demand integrity from public officials, defend the rule of law and respect the rights and dignity of others. Without these moral commitments, a majority is merely a mob.”
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Bill Ellis: We are one

The scene was at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, home of country and western music where greats like Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and Minnie Pearl had performed and where only white performers had once been allowed. But on New Year’s Day 2021, the performers on stage were “War and Treaty,” a Black husband and wife team singing their beautiful hit song, “We are one.” Their back-up group was a group of white young adults standing in the balcony.