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The Obama Legacy

President Barack Obama has announced My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to help young Black and Brown men succeed in the east wing of the White House. Many present described the announcement of this initiative as “an emotional moment” for President ...

Who should be afraid?

In the years after enslavement ended, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No White person “owned” a Black person, but many behaved as if they did.

Monetizing a Massacre

Had he not massacred Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average White man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar, and aspiring for a law enforcement job. He and his wife would probably be divorcing (as they ...

Counting the Cost

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOU) address, he appealed to our nation’s employers to raise wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

Hypocrisy, Hip-Hopcrisy, and the Real Meaning of the Dream

Mid-January is the time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is commemorated. Cities, towns, and colleges across the country lift their voices and rise up the language of Dr. King’s dream that people are judged by the content of their ...

The War on Poverty - Part Two

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty. Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance. Some of ...

Wishes for the New Year

Happy New Year! January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on Jan. 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks with focused ...

Bob Dole to Paul Ryan: new form of bipartisanship

Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program U.S.A.’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award is named after the Senator and ...

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the biased lens of history

Theoretically, Thanksgiving celebrates the breaking of bread between Native Americans and Pilgrims, who might have starved were it not for the generosity of those who first occupied this country.

Wages, not welfare

For the past year, an organization called OUR Walmart, has protested, raised questions and asked their employer, one of the nation’s largest, to treat them fairly.

Who will defend Black women?

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cell phone was dead and she needed help.

Counting the Cost

The NAACP needs a woman leader. I'm not the one. I love the NAACP. I’ve been a member since I was 10 years old. I sizzle at the history and at the historic leaders (W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, James Weldon ...

The masks we wear: trick, treat, and tragedy

In 1896, “Lyrics of Lowly Life,” a collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry was published. Although his poem was specifically focused on African American people, in this 21st century, it is apropos to many.

‘Lazy’ and crazy

Voter suppression is alive and well, especially in the state of North Carolina, where a Republican official, Don Yelton, proved himself to be at best intellectually limited, and at worse, downright crazy.

Stop the slavery comparisons

The brilliant surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack healthcare, and how much work this administration ...