I come from a political family. My father, a Baptist preacher, marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma and he and my mother fought hard for Civil Rights in the communities where he pastored for over 50 years. Politics were part of my life early on and discussions about political issues were always part of any dialog with my father, mother, and siblings. We still "talk politics" whenever I call my mother (my father died in 2000, less than a month before his 78th birthday) or my brothers, John, James, or Joseph. I also love "talking politics" with my more politically inclined and open-minded friends. So, it is natural that as a writer, I'd write about politics. I first created the Chit-Chat column when I worked for The Toledo Journal as a staff writer and it was kind of a homespun look back at my childhood growing up on the family ranch in Texas. Later, when I wrote the column for a politically focused newspaper, I changed the focus of the column to politics and used the original spelling of my last name to creat a play on words between "Chatman" and "Chit-Chat." Thus a quasi-political column was born. Occasionally, I write about other things, but usually I write about political matters. The purpose of the column is to open dialog and have a discussion. So, please add your comments, whether you agree or disagree. All opinions are welcome!
Definition: "Negative reaction to the election of America's first black President either due to the assumption that having a black President negates the need for affirmative action or post-election resentment rooted in racism."
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