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Dissecting affirmative action rhetoric from reality

Dissecting affirmative action rhetoric from reality

In a perfect America founded and operating on colorblind meritocracy, admission to selective institutions of higher learning, boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies and access to federal contracts would be determined solely by ability, skill and talent. They would never have to take into consideration race or gender – and certainly not take into consideration a […]

Trump trains his sights on affirmative action

Trump trains his sights on affirmative action

Campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump argued that Blacks and other people of color should vote for him. Given their current conditions, he argued, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Since winning election, however, Trump seems intent on proving just how much African-Americans and other minorities have to lose. Department changed Under Trump’s […]

Recognizing a solemn anniversary

Recognizing a solemn anniversary

On August 6, our nation celebrated an auspicious anniversary that was largely overlooked and undervalued. One could justify overlooking this anniversary by saying, “Current events are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up with everything.” That reasoning may be true, but it hardly justifies overlooking, ignoring or failing to recognize such an important […]

Trump’s delusions on police brutality are dangerous

Trump’s delusions on police brutality are dangerous

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things and prove that he’s not just another politician. But now he is president. His words have impact, and his posturing can be dangerous. Last month, he essentially endorsed police brutality before a gathering of police officers in […]

Affirmative action for wealthy immigrants is hypocritical

Affirmative action for wealthy immigrants is hypocritical

In the same week that it was revealed that the Department of Injustice is spearheading attacks on affirmative action, our 45th president indicated his support for legislation that would drastically change our nation’s immigration policy. According to legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, applicants for legal immigration […]

Ferguson Center is a tribute to a movement

Ferguson Center is a tribute to a movement

“Ferguson was used by some of America’s enemies and critics to deflect attention from their shortcomings overseas; to undermine our efforts to promote justice around the world … But America is special not because we’re perfect; America is special because we work to address our problems, to make our union more perfect. We fight for […]

Black women will rise despite unequal treatment

Black women will rise despite unequal treatment

Lots of women’s organizations commemorate Equal Pay Day, which this year was April 5. It meant that women, in general, would have had to work all of 2016 and until April 5, 2017, to earn the same amount of money that a man earned in 2016. Few will recognize July 31, 2017, which is the […]

The ‘voter fraud’ commission itself is fraudulent

The ‘voter fraud’ commission itself is fraudulent

There’s a branch in philosophy called “epistemology” that deals with the theory of knowledge. How do we know what we know? How do we know what is true? What is believable? And what are the criteria we use to tell whether something is true or not? With his constant refrain of “fake news,” maybe President […]

Black parents must get in ‘the room’

Black parents must get in ‘the room’

SHAWNTA S. BARNES NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Back in May, I traveled to Chicago and saw “Hamilton: An American Musical,” about founding father Alexander Hamilton. During Act II, Hamilton’s adversary Aaron Burr was upset because he was excluded from “the room where it happens.” He wanted to be involved in the important decisions. Knowing my 18-month […]

50 years of Black mayors

50 years of Black mayors

Today, the sight of a Black mayor is unlikely to turn any heads or draw attention. But in 1967 – during the continuing turmoil of the civil rights movement and two years after the passage of major civil rights legislation – a first generation of African-Americans would be elected to helm major American cities. This […]

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