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Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

KIM M. KEENAN GEORGE CURRY MEDIA GUEST COLUMNIST I remember the first time I saw a Black raised fist. I
was watching the 1968 Summer Olympics in
Mexico City and two Black athletes, Tommie Smith
and John Carlos, raised their black-gloved fists and
bowed their heads on the medal ceremony stand
during the playing of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” […]

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

During his march to the Republican
Party nomination, Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that all Muslims should be barred from
entering the U.S., making it a cornerstone of his campaign. Last week, he declared that idea was “just a suggestion.” Which statement was the lie? Throughout his campaign, Trump displayed a firm allegiance to the Republican orthodoxy […]

Tubman’s face on the $20 bill is priceless

Tubman’s face on the $20 bill is priceless

WALTER RHETT NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST When Donald Trump calls Harriet Tubman’s selection as the face on the $20 bill “politically correct,” it is just another flag-wrapped slur. His record shows he befriends Blacks, but he cannot accept Black achievement on merit. Nor can he accept a shift of power and image that results in a […]

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Donald Trump’s success completes for the moment the most astonishing act of self-destruction in the history of American politics. I’m referring, of course, to that of the Republican Party itself. Some GOP officeholders and operatives are now crying in their teacups about Trump – with a few even publicly pledging not to vote for him. […]

Don’t send Flint down the drain

Don’t send Flint down the drain

The Flint water crisis is now 2 years old – and the water still isn’t safe to drink. There have been civil and criminal investigations, two congressional hearings and extensive reporting, particularly during the presidential primary in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a special task force. Yet, only 33 pipes – three of every thousand […]

Locked out: Education, jobs and justice

Locked out: Education, jobs and justice

As we observe the 40th anniversary of The State of Black America,® the similarities of the United States of 1976 and the United States of 2016 are profoundly striking. The nation was recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. According to the report, “Blacks suffered disproportionately because of their low position on […]

Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Another baseball season has opened,
and with it, Major League Baseball’s
annual homage to Jack Roosevelt
Robinson, more popularly known as Jackie Robinson, whose breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers was one of the late 1940s’ harbingers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This year, the tribute to Robinson was complemented by […]

Different rules for Black, White students

Different rules for Black, White students

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST A representative from the office of Florida state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Angela Corey spoke to a group of African-American clergy from around the country this week, attempting to explain how that office works. Corey was the prosecutor who tried George
Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted of
second-degree […]

Emanuel isn’t leading on police reform

Emanuel isn’t leading on police reform

Chicago is a city on edge. On a recent weekend, 20 people were shot over 13 hours. According to the Chicago Tribune, 1,051 have been shot this year
alone, through April 25. One hundred seventy-eight have been killed, more than one each day. And while shootings take place across the city, they are concentrated in neighborhoods […]

Harriet Tubman, economic Freedom Fighter

Harriet Tubman, economic Freedom Fighter

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill, my heart sang, “Hallelujah!” Additional changes to the currency were also announced. The back of the $10 will now recognize the five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. The back of the $5 bill will recognize civil rights leaders and […]

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