About jasdye

When he’s not riding both his city’s public transit system and evil mayor, Jasdye teaches at a community college and writes about the intersection of equality and faith - with an occasional focus on Chicago - at the Left Cheek blog and on the Left Cheek: the Blog Facebook page. Check out more from Jasdye in his archives as well!

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Is More than One Sentence Long

If you ask conservatives, the entirety of Dr. King’s legacy falls down to this passage: “I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” It is all they know, and they use […]

5 Predictions for the Progressive Movement in 2015

It’s 2015 and there are no hoverboards or self-tying shoe laces, and the Cubs will forget they were supposed to play in the post-season once again. However, I would like to make some predictions about trends for the upcoming year regardless. The following listicle (oh, weren’t we supposed to bury that word in 2013? Sorry!) […]

What the Best Movies of the Past Year Taught Me about Politics

When I say best movies of the last year, I have to admit that I’ve only seen a handful of new movies and that I count movies that released late 2013. I should also admit that I am a nerd. And while most of the literature I read is non-fiction, serious and usually devoted to […]

Dismantling the Thin Blue Line that Turns Its Back On Us

For those surprised that the New York Police Department has officers turning their backs on their own mayor, don’t be. The NYPD has long since turned their backs on the Black community in New York City. It has, like the majority of policing organizations in the US and abroad, long since turned its back on […]

Congressman Paul Gosar Calls Native Americans “Wards of the State”

When Congressman Paul Gosar referred to sovereign Indian nations as “wards of the federal government” a couple of weeks ago, he set off a storm. While referring to Native people as “wards of the state” is deeply problematic and racist language that the US government wants to leave in the past, the term itself is indicative of how […]

Viva Cuba! Viva Democracy! Finally

In updating our long-standing policy of aggression with our next door neighbor Cuba, President Obama is doing something historic and significant. Cuba will now finally be open for US citizens to visit for any number of reasons, including religious, familial, and business purposes. However, I think we should question our assumptions in the fifty year […]

11 Rules for New Anti-Racist Allies

Following in the wake of news of the tragic deaths of a rash of young black lives under the police and then the release of those police from any sense of accountability, the conscience of a nation is starting to arise. Many new people are joining anti-racist marches, are sharing tweets and Facebook posts about […]

September 12: Never Forget

September 11th, 2001, we are constantly reminded, is a day we as Americans should never forget. It’s not an easy series of events to forget, so I’m not sure if the commandment is supposed to be literal. I wondered aloud on my Facebook page if, contrary to popular opinion, we should collectively forget the day. […]

One Month After Ferguson, What Can We Do?

If you’re like myself, you’ve been looking at the screen the last month with mounting dread, anxiety, resignation, and finally hopelessness – fearful for the state of a humanity crushed under the weight of not just oppressive and manipulative corporations with dollar signs as their function, but a state power seemingly determined to keep things […]

Ferguson Is a Sign of The New Jim Crow (And It’s Not About White People)

It’s a bit frustrating watching the events in Ferguson unfold on the national stage since the brutal murder of Michael Brown and the police coverup of their own brutality and White Supremacy. It’s frustrating largely because white people – regardless of political affiliation – keep making it about white people when, for the most part, it […]