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Talk is no substitute for action

Talk is no substitute for action

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE NNPA COLUMNIST Have you ever seen a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taking part of a panel discussion? It’s likely he didn’t have time if he were asked. It’s also likely that in the 1950s and 1960s, he wasn’t asked much. The period King conquered was a time of action. […]

Black auto buyers get a raw deal

Black auto buyers get a raw deal

With new car prices meeting or surpassing many consumers’ incomes, the vast majority of people finance their car purchases. On an annual basis, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, more than 79 percent of auto loans occur through third-party indirect lenders that partner with dealerships. After most automobile purchases, many consumers wonder whether the […]

The real terrorists in the U.S.

The real terrorists in the U.S.

I would wager that you have had this experience. It has happened to me on more than one occasion. I am going through security at an airport, standing behind a White person. They go through screening, and perhaps they are pulled over for an extra inspection. Frustrated by the situation, they either say – explicitly […]

NFL keeps fumbling

NFL keeps fumbling

I am sick and tired of all the hypocrisy swirling around pro athletes and the National Football League (NFL) in particular. With all the accusations about domestic violence and child abuse consuming the NFL, I wonder why the public wants to hold athletes to a standard that they don’t want to live by. Home/work separation […]

National Football League threw Ray Rice under the bus

National Football League threw Ray Rice under the bus

By now most people have heard how Ray Rice has been thrown under the bus by the National Football League (NFL) and his former team, the Baltimore Ravens. First, some background for the non-football fans. Rice was drafted by the Ravens in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft.  He signed a […]

America’s criminal justice problem

America’s criminal justice problem

Do you know what little respect Black and Hispanic citizens of New York City have for following the rules that make living in the city bearable – for not “loitering,” or riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, or spitting on the street, or walking through parks after dark, or –  my particular favorite—not having a […]

Racism is not a card game

Racism is not a card game

Whenever someone accuses an African-American of playing the “race card,” I cringe. Racism in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as “playing the race card” when it comes to making an accurate or rational evaluation of the socioeconomic and political plight of 45 million Black Americans. If it were a […]

A world beyond our own

A world beyond our own

President Obama says he is going to take ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) out. I wonder how many of us have been to that part of the world.  I haven’t and I wonder if our visions would help us understand what is going on there. If I had a gazillion dollars – or […]

Bluster is not a strategy

Bluster is not a strategy

Bluster is on the loose. With ISIS, an al-Qaida offshoot, proclaiming a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, Russia facing off with Ukraine, Libya descending into a civil chaos, the Taliban striking in Afghanistan, pundits and politicians are raising a drumbeat of demands for muscular action, condemning President Obama for his caution and supposed […]

Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

When a North Carolina judge last week vacated the prison sentences of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who had spent nearly 30 years on the state’s death row, and his 46-year-old half-brother, Leon Brown, sentenced to life in prison, for a heinous rape and murder DNA evidence had finally proved they had not committed, the court […]

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