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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 […]

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 […]

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