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Get well soon, Senator John McCain

Get well soon, Senator John McCain

I don’t agree with Arizona Senator John McCain about very much, but I was saddened by his recent diagnosis of brain cancer. He says he will be back on the Senate floor soon, sparring with Democrats. I say, “Bring it on, McCain.” McCain is a patriot. He has been a thorn in President 45’s side […]

When will we learn?


When will we learn?


A recent study on wealth was conducted by Amy Traub, Laura Sullivan, Tatjana Meschede and Tom Shapiro. The study did a comparison of Black and White wealth and Latino and White wealth. In our community, we have been consumed with racial inequities, voter suppression, health care, unjustified police shootings and racial bias in our criminal […]

Barber charts new course down beaten paths

Barber charts new course down beaten paths

“This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the […]

Facing the assault on civil rights

Facing the assault on civil rights

The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented rollback of civil rights and voting rights. Those who care about building a more perfect union face harsh headwinds. We’ve gone from an administration seeking to fulfill these rights to one seeking to repeal these rights. Instead of a reconstruction, we are faced with a retrenchment, an effort […]

Trump’s lies never seem to stop

Trump’s lies never seem to stop

I’m a product of the Southern experience. Many of my views are shaped by the “mother wit” and logic learned growing up there. There’s something unique to the down-to-earth “common sense” of the “old folks” as they reckoned with and evaluated their circumstance and environment. One of the frequently repeated axioms I distinctly remember goes […]

Are you better off in a ‘45’ presidency?

Are you better off in a ‘45’ presidency?

The man who currently occupies the Oval Office (I call him “45” because we do not believe in feeding bloated egos) promised to “Make America Great Again.” He said that he would create jobs, generate economic growth, and create a new and better health care environment than the one we got from the Affordable Care […]

Democrats, we are your base!

Democrats, we are your base!

For years, Black people have delivered our vote to Democrats. Many Democrats wouldn’t have won without our vote. Now some Black people, and other people of color, have become discouraged because no matter the votes we deliver, we are taken for granted. Once elected, many forget our efforts on their behalves. When I ran for […]

Time to shut down sham election commission

Time to shut down sham election commission

It was clear from the moment it was announced that the federal “Election Integrity Commission” was nothing more than a vehicle for voter suppression. With an intrusive request for personal voter information, the Commission has ventured into the territory of intimidation. Fortunately, state officials aren’t having it. At least 44 states are refusing to comply […]

Is there any decency left?

Is there any decency left?

During the 2016 campaign, our 45th president once promised that he would be “so presidential that it will be boring.” If only. Instead, he has managed to irk even his Republican allies by wallowing in the muck of name-calling, yet again, belittling a woman for her looks. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski, 45 tweeted, was […]

Give us the ballot – Restore the Voting Rights Act

Give us the ballot – Restore the Voting Rights Act

Voting is not a privilege. It is a fundamental, constitutionally ratified right afforded to all eligible citizens. The right to elect your federal, state and local representatives and weigh in on proposed local policies via ballot measures is the very definition of democracy: rule by the people. Laws that deny eligible men and women the […]