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Something’s wrong with this!

Something’s wrong with this!

One of my good friends who is a White male often says, “If you want to get a job done, give it to a woman.” He quickly adds, “If you really want to get it done, give it to a Black woman.” Historically, Black women have done all kinds of jobs. Most people know how […]

Trump supporters think they’re on a reality show

Trump supporters think they’re on a reality show

There have been consistent media reports of interviews with supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump that indicate that many of them do not take seriously his various pronouncements. Trump supporters have been reported making comments – after being confronted with Trump’s declarations, such as his call to build a wall on the border with Mexico […]

The shame of Milwaukee

The shame of Milwaukee

Last week, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver – reportedly armed – was shot and killed. And Milwaukee exploded. Angry crowds confronted police, set fires, threw rocks. At least a half-dozen businesses – including a grocery store, a gas station and an […]

When was America great?

When was America great?

We are the biggest and the baddest. We are the best armed and the most influential. We win the most Olympic medals and we have the most nuclear weapons. America! We are so great that we wave our flags and shout, “USA!” In some ways it is an imperialist chant, a chant of dominance that […]

Really think about it!

Really think about it!

I’m often amused by interviews aired on late-night TV questioning the average citizen’s knowledge of a particular subject. I’m appalled and saddened by individuals who cannot correctly name the current U.S. vice president or answer equally simple questions. I’m convinced that this level of ignorance is rooted in a complete disconnect from the concerns of […]

Veteran journalist George E. Curry dies at 69

Veteran journalist George E. Curry dies at 69

BY THE FLORIDA COURIER & DAYTONA TIMES STAFF  Renowned journalist George E. Curry died late Saturday evening (Aug. 20), according to his family. Curry also was an author, motivational speaker and media coach. He was 69. The cause of death was not immediately available. But in April 2015, he wrote about having a heart attack […]

Children of color should see themselves in books

Children of color should see themselves in books

Children’s books and the publishing industry have failed to keep up with the rainbow of our children’s faces and cultures and needs. Doreen Rappaport writes fiction and nonfiction that celebrate diverse histories and biographies such as her Caldecott Medal winner, “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” illustrated by Bryan Collier. […]

A tale of two selfies

A tale of two selfies

It may seem frivolous to consider two selfies of the interns in the Congress that recently rocketed around the social media.  In fact, these two selfies alone tell a great deal of the tale of the last half-century or so of American life. That includes explaining how a mentally unstable demagogue, Donald Trump, came to […]

Poverty, desperation  in a world-class city

Poverty, desperation in a world-class city

When a demented killer slayed
49 in a gun rampage in Orlando, there was
national attention. Presidential candidates called for
escalating the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East, even though the killer seems to be a homegrown terrorist. But in Chicago, 404 have died in gun violence this year. According to the Congressional Research Service, […]

America must equalize access to homeownership

America must equalize access to homeownership

Owning a home has long been an important part of the American Dream. A home is more than just where families come at the end of the day. It is also where children are raised, memories are created, and how historically most American families built wealth. Discriminatory government policies of the past prevented many Blacks […]