Home » Archives by category » OPINION (Page 10)
Don’t be complacent in the face of hate

Don’t be complacent in the face of hate

The day after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president, a group of middle school students in Royal Oak, Mich., chanted, “Build the wall!” in their school cafeteria during lunchtime – a core Trump campaign slogan and promise to secure our nation’s border with Mexico. On Nov. 9, Minnesota high school officials discovered racist graffiti […]

Black America’s resilience will keep us struggling forward

Black America’s resilience will keep us struggling forward

Nobody said that the road to freedom, justice and equality would be easy. In the wake of the results of the national elections across the United States, it is crystal-clear that the aspirations, hopes and dreams of 47 million Black Americans are neither in vain or hopeless. We have been disappointed before. We have been […]

America faces a time for racial healing

America faces a time for racial healing

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” – Supreme Court […]

The election is over – Now what?

The election is over – Now what?

The election is over. Now it’s time we move forward and stop wallowing with what could have been or should have been. This isn’t the time to dwell on what happened over the last few months before and after the primaries. And this isn’t the time to speak negatively or think negatively about President-elect Donald […]

Obama steadied our nation in ‘interesting times’

Obama steadied our nation in ‘interesting times’

“May you live in interesting times.” This curse, attributed tenuously to the Chinese, bespeaks a preference for order over change. We now live in interesting times and Americans are hungering for change. Yet, surprisingly, President Obama enjoys increasing popularity as he heads into the final days of his presidency. Doing something right Why is the […]

Race, gender and healing

Race, gender and healing

Just a few days before the corrosive 2016 election, it occurs to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign. Sure, there have been ugly campaigns before, but this one has revealed the extent to which racism and sexism are acceptable features of life […]

Standing Rock is about us too

Standing Rock is about us too

When my brothers were younger, a common playtime activity was the ‘game’ of “cowboys and Indians.” Fueled by Hollywood Westerns, kids played it across the nation. No one wanted to be the Indian and suffer the routine fate of ‘dying’ under brutal circumstances. Even kids recognized the disadvantages inherent with being a Native American. Sadly, […]

After the election, it’s the ‘State of the Black World’

After the election, it’s the ‘State of the Black World’

I’m writing two weeks before the Nov. 8 election, writing and praying that Election Day comes sooner than it is supposed to. I did my early vote thing so that I could, if necessary, drop into battleground states like Virginia, North Carolina or Florida to do my bit to get out the vote. And I’m […]

Our stories, our truth – ‘Loving’

Our stories, our truth – ‘Loving’

In my first year of law school, I learned about the case of Loving v. Virginia. Having grown up in the South, the case didn’t surprise me. A three-tiered system was ‘normal’ in my home state of Louisiana. We had Black people, White people and mulattoes. Each rarely married outside of their own group. My […]

Ohio bus tour encourages voting

Ohio bus tour encourages voting

When overall Black voting rates reached parity with White rates in 2012, many state lawmakers wasted no time passing new discriminatory voter suppression restrictions aimed at driving down Black voter turnout. The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, opened the door for […]