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 ...

Limiting women’s rights

I was 20 when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to abort her fetus and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized.

Counting the Cost

It seems that the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans and 26 percent of African Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed on June 25, 1938, 75 ...

If you don’t like disparities, try equality

Last week I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C. This is an important effort, because D.C. is ...

How Big Brother uses data collection

When George Orwell wrote the novel “1984,” he envisioned a character, a real or imagined “Big Brother” who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could. Those who knew about “him” were told ...

The uneven recovery

Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent, and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist that there is a robust economic recovery in progress.

Federal contracting promotes inequality

On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on the fact that federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers very little.