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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 […]

Dental health gets second-class treatment

Dental health gets second-class treatment

GLENN ELLIS GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has changed many lives for the better – mine included. But its omission of dental coverage, a result of political compromise, is a dangerous development, as though teeth are apart from and less important than the rest of the body. Cavities are a […]

You know things are bad for Donald Trump when…

You know things are bad for Donald Trump when…

Keeping up with every outrageous statement and small lie and ‘Big Lie’ Donald Trump utters is difficult. You know things are bad when President Obama bluntly says Trump is “unfit” for the presidency – an unprecedented attack by a sitting president against the nominee of the opposite party – and no leading Republican has challenged […]

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