A brilliant analyses of a Star trek TOS episode and race relations in the U.S.

The Time Tunnel

The ORIGINAL “Star Trek” featured an episode, in which, the crew of the Starship ENTERPRISE, while on their continuing mission to “Explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations etc…” encountered two men, one of whom had been chasing the other—an escaped “traitor”—for more than 50,000 years. The source of their strife involved racial segregation and slavery on their, “war-torn”, home planet. The episode first aired in 1969 and was entitled, “LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD”.

Their conflict seemed to arise from the fact that, although nearly identical in physical appearance—both men had “two toned” skin; black on one side, white on the other. However, there was one small—seemingly insignificant—difference between the two. One of them had white skin on the right side of his body and black on the left and the other had black on the right and white on the left. Because…

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…and feel ashamed…

Art by Rob Goldstein
Writings from homeless people in Clarion Alley

At night I hide beneath my blanket like a
boy afraid of the dark and feel ashamed.

I hear sweet music and remember
something good and feel ashamed.

I see photos of murder victims and wonder
what they thought in those last moments
and feel ashamed.

I walk past weddings and imagine the bride #
and groom screwing and feel ashamed.

I reach for the ghost of a long dead
lover and feel ashamed.

I open my eyes to discover that I’m
still alive and feel ashamed.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016

John 3:16

Art By Rob Goldstein
That Empty Grave Still Fills Lives

He’d grown up in church and had known the Lord since childhood. His two sons made friends with his wife and took her to services. Right away he ran into problems: his flock included Christians who hugged him and called him brother. He is a Sergeant Major, or so he tried to explain while speaking in tongues. Once again he declared his faith good for nothing. Hope for the righteous? Apart from it, Paul states: “Then are they fallen asleep and perished.” 1 Corinthians 15:18

Truth takes a spin.

Later: The lord is risen indeed.

That empty grave still fills lives.

(c)M.R. Goldstein 2015-2016