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 ...

Detroit bankruptcy: undemocratic, fiscally imprudent

You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of ...

Nice house, kid in college

While some members of Congress are foregoing pay as long as other government workers are shut out of their offices, Republican Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) says he won’t be giving his up.

Budgetary brinkmanship

As I write this column, I have no idea whether Congress finally evaded the government shutdown that would happen on Oct. 1. (It did not).

Cuts in SNAP: no food for the hungry

Steven and Laurie, a White married couple who live near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store. She as a cashier; he in the storeroom.

What does limited action mean?

President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.

After the March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, trains, and occasionally planes.

Russell Simmons, Harriet Tubman and the history of myopia

Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn’t folding his legs and saying a ...

Dropping the baton

Research shows that this generation of young people, no matter their race, are likely to do less well than their parents did. Shackled by a trillion dollars worth of student loans and a flat labor market, the New York-based Demos ...

What is a living wage?

Workers at fast food restaurants recently demonstrated outside their places of employment, highlighting the low wages they receive and demanding more. They say twice as much, or $15 an hour, will provide them with a living wage.

Student loan resolution—better than nothing?

The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double, as might have happened.

What African Americans can learn from South Africa

Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion who roared for freedom in South Africa.

The scourge of gun violence

Trayvon Martin might not be dead except for the fact that George Zimmerman carried a gun around and acted as a wannabe policeman. Rev. Al Sharpton and others deserve props for rallying people and insisting that Zimmerman be brought to ...