John H. Armwood

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Armwood Editorial And Opinion Blog

The Power Of Forgiveness and Redemption (How Do We Love Our Enemies?) A speech by Martin Luther King and some living video testimony featuring Martin Luther King, Atlanta Congressman John Lewis as well as film director Tyler Perry. This webpage was inspired by some of my wonderful, former students in South Korea, who find it difficult to forgive an unrepentant Japan, for the atrocities committed by that nation, upon the Korean people, during the early part of the 20th Century through the end of World War II. (Update 8/11/2010) Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan offered a renewed apology to South Korea on Tuesday for Japan’s brutal colonial rule, as part of a statement marking the 100th anniversary of his nation’s annexation of the Korean Peninsula in 1910.

One of My Favorite Moments Debating With Mayor Ed Koch in 1979

Armwood v Koch


I was there, I took the picture. I was a photographer for a small local newspaper called "The Black Press." As I recall the auditorium was almost at capacity and Koch was talking to people who were lining up to talk to him. The majority of the people were typical Staten Islanders that seemed to be thrilled to just talk with Koch. Koch was cordial and seemed to know he was playing to his audience and he did not spend much time with them. Then up came John.

John sat down and introduced himself. Koch asked him something about his concerns. I began taking photos, I did not think that we would have much time. I don't recall the specifics of what they were talking about but I recall saying to myself that this has become a debate and John was "eating Koch's lunch." He was owning him. Koch was getting louder and trying to turn the debate into a monologue. This was a sure sign that Koch felt that he was not doing well. I bet he was not saying to himself, "how am I doing." John was talking with Koch longer than anyone. Finally John said something like , "it is obvious that we will not agree, thank you for your time." John than got up. Koch in his typical high pitch voiced sounded panicky as he said, "wait a minute, wait a minute, comeback, comeback." John thanked him again and left. I believe everyone within earshot including Koch new he was beaten. If you look at the man in the background he seems to being saying, "oh s--t I can't believe what I just witnessed."

At the end and at the greeting line Koch attempted to engage John again. One thing I always knew, the one who talks the most during a disagreement is the one who is usually wrong or has lost the argument. - Charles Roland,

(Charles Roland is a Psychiatric Social Worker and Photographer who lives and works on Staten Island)