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American CurrentSee Monthly Magazine

American CurrentSee Monthly Magazine

American CurrentSee is a journal dedicated to transcending the tired old rhetoric about race, politics and civil rights and empowering readers to liberate themselves from a culture of government dependency and monolithic political allegiances. American CurrentSee is the brainchild of Dr. Ben Carson and is published monthly in a digital format by The Washington Times.

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Mike Ahrens of Muskegon, Mich., poses for photo with his sign about Flint's water crisis Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. (Junfu Han/The Ann Arbor News via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

To bumbling bureaucracies: 'Get the lead out!'

During my childhood my father had a phrase that meant "get busy and get it done!" That phrase was "Get the lead out!" In the light of the recent catastrophe in Flint, Michigan, the analogy is pertinent on many levels.

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. Despite the atrocities that made it notorious, the Islamic State group depicts itself as bringing a reign of justice and equality for Muslims under its radical version of Shariah law. But Syrians who have escaped its rule say public disillusionment is growing with jihadi fighters who have become an elite class. (AP Photo, File)

The face of evil

The graphic pictures of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive by Islamic State militants were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we along with the rest of the world are facing.

Sixth grader Alex Greuey, 11, reads through a problem in the English Language Arts section of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

The tacit gap

In September of 2015, New York Times writer Eduardo Porter published an article on the education gap. Mr. Porter took time to acknowledge the achievements made since the 1970s in reducing the significant variance in test scores in black children, specifically due to the civil rights movement, school desegregation and the war on poverty.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen with a coating of snow, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Unapologetically black: Reflections on my childhood and assimilation

Unaccommodating. Militant. Radical. Yes -- I am all the things they say I am -- I am a black woman. I engage in a revolutionary act on a daily basis -- I choose to love myself. I embrace the kink of my hair, the hue of my skin, the dialect of my community and the legacy of my ancestors despite the current and historical efforts that work to normalize everything that I am not. I am the "other" in the current world order.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Gilbert, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Fox 1, Trump 0

Ok, what's the word ... "Tantrum?" Or words, "spoiled brat?" Or phrase, "Wealthy man who is used to getting his way all the time, no matter what it is, who it hurts or if he is right or wrong?"

Ben Carson is chairman of a new national outreach to Christian voters. (image courtesy of Ben Carson)

Making a case for Ben Carson

Al Gore referred to a presidential campaign as a job interview. Over the course of two years a candidate will try to convince the nation that his or her personal resume and personality makes him or her the best person to lead the country. Every president since George Washington has had a background in either government or the military (though we haven't had a military president since Dwight D. Eisenhower).

Neal Blair, of Augusta, Ga., wears a hoodie which reads, "Black Lives Matter" as stands on the lawn of the Capitol building during a rally to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, on Capitol Hill, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Washington. Black men from around the nation returned to the capital calling for changes in policing and in black communities. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

'Embracing Self-Love'

The idea for "Embracing Self-Love" came to me in May of 2015. I had just graduated from my master's program at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a chapter in my life was closing, I chose to reflect on my experience at the state's flagship institution

Deacon Bobby White (right) and his son, Robert White. Photo courtesy Robert White

Reconstituting the role of service in a new time

Let me begin by saying thank you to the Washington Times and American CurrentSee for an opportunity to share my views on Black History Month and pass a few thoughts onto readers. The question posed though is a massive one: "What does Black History Month mean moving forward?"

Students passing through metal detectors is a common ritual in inner-city schools. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Solutions for the school-to-prison pipeline

Imagine being a student with dreams that could stretch to the moon and back. Yet you find yourself stuck in an environment that isn't giving you the necessary resources to reach that goal.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Why conservative women are moving to Trump

As I watched Sarah Palin give her speech endorsing Donald Trump, knowing she is going to get pushback from conservative leaders, I couldn't help but think of an experience in college.

Bailiff Garrett Cole of Madison, Miss., has "I voted" stickers ready to distribute to all who exit the voting booths. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

What do black voters want?

A snowy day finds me finally writing about our upcoming presidential election. Seeing the debates for both parties (which I find painful to watch), I realized that I haven't heard much that is new or that excites me. In fact, I'm not sure that much of what I've heard was intended for me. Yes me, a black American man. What issues and solutions were there that spoke specifically to me and the community of which I am a part?

Mikea Turner. Photo courtesy Mikea Turner

What can happen when you don't quit

Do you know what can happen when you don't quit? This month is Black History Month. We will celebrate many trailblazers that have come before us, and created the very situations we now enjoy. Their stories and contributions span a huge range, yet one thing remains the same: They did not quit.

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center education coordinator, April Brock, shows off portraits  Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama and B.B. King, in Indianola, Miss. that students painted during Black History Month.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Where do you come from?

In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." In it, he explains the hierarchy of needs, which he proposes are stages of growth required by humans to obtain a self-actualized state, which is the achievement of an individual's highest potential.

Landria Buckley. Photo courtesy author

Chasing the Olympic dream

My name is Landria Buckley and I am a 2016 Olympic Hopeful for the USA Track and Field Team in the 400 hurdle event group. I was born in Michigan and most of my life lived in a small town called Romulus, right outside of Detroit.

The gala would not have been possible without the author, Alexandra Givan, president of UMSuccess, faculty advisor Tony Randall and UMSuccess Vice President, Breechaye Milburn.

Helping black students succeed at UMD

Graduating from a prestigious university has always been a part of my plan. In fact, the idea of not pursuing higher education never crossed my mind. Both of my parents graduated from Tuskegee University, developing successful careers in veterinary medicine and physical therapy over the past 25 years.

An entrance to the Aarhus University Hospital Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.  A Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America, Danish hospital officials say, but authorities said Wednesday it was not the first case in Europe. In a statement Tuesday, the Aarhus University Hospital said the patient ran a fever, had a headache and muscle aches and was discovered as having the virus. (Ernst Van Norde/Polfoto via AP) DENMARK OUT

Banning the corporate practice of medicine

Two decades ago, I admitted a patient to the intensive care unit for a heart attack. His children were grown, and he looked forward to retirement and purchasing an RV to relax and travel the country with his wife.

Poet laureate Elizabeth Alexander gives a poetry reading in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Another golden age for African-American poetry

In two months, America will be celebrating National Poetry Month for the 20th time. Whereas the African-American literary presence within the larger national literary scene is concerned, much has changed since 1996.

From The Vault

Terry Holcomb,executive director of Texas Carry, happily displays his customized holster as he walks to the Capitol for a rally, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Ralph Barrera /Austin American-Statesman via AP)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Responsible gun ownership is not only a right, but a duty of citizenship

It has been said time and again, but it bears repeating: About the only thing that restrictive gun laws have done in our country is prevent the good guys from defending themselves when bad guys attack. This maxim applies directly to the San Bernardino, California, situation, an immense tragedy in which fourteen innocent people were gunned down by a married couple with Islamic extremist allegiances.

The seal a fixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

VA to vets: 'Delay, deny, wait till they die'

As a physician, I have the privilege of knowing and helping thousands of individuals. One patient in particular stands out as a victim of government's malignant ineptitude. He is an affable, hardworking 71-year-old male, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War. There was no Veterans Day parade for him but scorn and disdain, given the anti-war sentiment at the time.

A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Community schools: A hopeful future for students in poverty

All children should be able to attain success academically regardless of their neighborhood or circumstances in their community. Undoubtedly, all students gain an advantage from extra activities and and non-academic experiences, but children who live in poor urban areas are especially likely to benefit from these types of programs

Crime scene investigators step beneath police tape to document the scene and gather evidence where a stabbing took place at Morgan State University, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Baltimore. Two groups of people got into a fight outside a dining hall on the Morgan State University campus, and some football players were stabbed by someone swinging a knife wildly, police and college officials said. (AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun, Karl Merton Ferron)

Let's get some things right

The Black Lives Matter movement has recently become a household expression; an issue in itself that many debate and devalue mainly because they need to be debriefed. We hear the hostility in retorts from people refusing to face the facts as they respond with, "All lives matter." Or better yet, they will try to redirect the message by asking, "What about black on black crime?"

Police pick up a pair of shoes after a double shooting in Baltimore in this May 24, 2015, file photo. (Colin Campbell/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

How housing policy caused segregation in Baltimore

About four months has passed since the dramatic wave of civil unrest that flooded the streets of Baltimore and minds across the nation following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence steps off the podium after discussing the state's new religious-freedom law in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Religious freedom and the true spirit of tolerance

Opponents of various state-sponsored religious freedom laws have been braying as loudly as the law permits in hopes of convincing the American public that the laws will be used to discriminate against gay people ...

Fredrick Wilson II, above, in a screenshot from a viral Facebook video he posted amid last summer's racial strife in Ferguson, Mo.

Social media: Handle with care

I believe that the Internet is one of man's crowning achievements, but there can be obvious and not-so-obvious dangers.

House Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached a rare bipartisan accord with last month's passage of H.R. 2, which reforms Medicare physician reimbursements. (Associated Press)

Obamacare dressed in Medicare clothing

A detailed look at the provisions in H.R. 2 reveals a convoluted, top-down system with much of the White House's radical plan to change how doctors get paid woven into every page.

American Happiness by The Washington Times

Seeking virtue, finding happiness

In the 1950s, a group of psychologists began promulgating ideas related to the pursuit of happiness and flourishing.