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The politics of media name-calling

We are all aware that once the media, in one form or another, labels something or someone, and that label sticks, it’s relatively impossible to uncork that particular genie. Truth and facts have nothing to do with it.

Dogs eat better than 1 million children

The South African charity Feed A Child (http://www.feedachild.co.za/) chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little Black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent White woman. In the ad, the boy has his ...

The politics of blind-eye focus

Many of us have friends or acquaintances who say and/or do things that eventually ensnare us in trouble they caused. Often our defenses against the ensuing criticisms and controversies just deepen the hole we find ourselves in, and we stand ...

Independence? Advertising, support, and African American organizations

In the “afterglow” of the Fourth of You Lie, I am flipping through an African American magazine, enjoying the content, but looking for the “bite.” For how can you not bite, when you look at the space in which African ...

Supreme Court seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris vs. Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating ...

Have Black girls been overlooked

Why has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent drop-out rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent drop-out rate among Black females is outrageous and unacceptable. ...

Ikea does its part to fill the wage gap

President Barack Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for ...

Right Wing gets it wrong on Mississippi

If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt.

Joint Center: Once bastion of Black political research pressing to survive

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, esteemed as America’s foremost think tank for Black political and economic research, is struggling with financial problems so serious that its political arm has been gutted and its interim president is working ...

The face of economic recovery

At its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the United States economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected.

The politics of representing a constituency

One of the most cherished and distinctive ingredients of American democracy is the right of constituents to expect their elected representatives to have a residency among them. That has been part of a belief from the outset that in order ...

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. “How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers?,” some asked. “They ought to send ...

Closed mouths don’t get fed—time to roar!

As the constitutional deadline for adopting California’s budget approached Sunday evening, California’s families in need, many of them families of color, should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Celebrating positive Black Fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families, and communities. Too often when the issue of Black men is raised, it ...

A pledge to keep to our youth

As young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs. For the past several summers, the jobs have not been there, and this summer will be no ...

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