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Black dollars don’t make sense 

Black dollars don’t make sense 

Bernie Sanders raised $20 million with the average donation being just $27.  What is wrong with Black folks? For decades, conscious Black leaders have cajoled, encouraged, admonished, and begged us to raise money among ourselves, a small amount from a lot of people the way Marcus Garvey did – which we love to brag about […]

Flint’s man-made tragedy

Flint’s man-made tragedy

“It’s all just poison now,” Annette Williams, a grandmother of three in Flint, Mich., told a reporter while gazing at the Flint River, which she could see from her home. That’s the river whose water, flowing through the city’s aging, corroded pipes, has for the past two years subjected her family and apparently many of […]

Flint’s water crisis and the GOP’s class war 

Flint’s water crisis and the GOP’s class war 

Why did Flint suffer a water catastrophe that now requires that children be treated as if they had been poisoned? It wasn’t because the people were negligent. From the moment Flint began taking its water from the polluted Flint River, residents warned about water that came out of the faucet brown, tasted foul and smelled […]

Standing on sacred ground

Standing on sacred ground

Three unarmed Black men encountered a group of White men walking down a dirt road in Slocum, Texas on July 29, 1910. Without warning, and with no reason, the White men opened fire on the Black men. And for two days White men simply slaughtered Black people. Eight deaths have been officially acknowledged, but historians […]

Obama took the ‘smarter’ approach  

Obama took the ‘smarter’ approach  

Stunning news came on January 16. “Iran released Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and three other detained Iranian Americans on Saturday in exchange for seven people imprisoned or charged in the United States, a swap linked to the imminent implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers,” the Washington Post reported. […]

The UN should monitor Flint’s water

The UN should monitor Flint’s water

Days before the opening of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam – the international organization that works on world poverty issues – released a report that addressed inequality. They found the international wealth gap growing rapidly. Wealth has become much more concentrated. Last year, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people […]

Students are more than statistical data

Students are more than statistical data

Education that focuses on seeing students as statistics is bound to plague our youth for years. When systems and/or institutions are setup to measure the success of a child based on how well he/she does on specific tests, the overall makeup of the child is neglected, overlooked, and ignored. Because education is so critical to […]

State of the Union was class act with crass responses

State of the Union was class act with crass responses

President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union Address (SOU) last week. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor, and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the state of the Union is “strong.” I disagree with parts of the address, especially around […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the gospel of action

There is no shortage of words in the English language to describe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By now – more than five decades after his fiery delivery of the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – you may feel as though you have heard them all: leader, […]

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Obama enters ‘the final kick’

Unashamedly, I am a fan of most sporting events.  I find competitive tests of strength and skill compelling. Most fans focus on events that hold the greatest popularity.  Football, basketball, soccer, and baseball all get fan and media attention. I enjoy those, but find track and field uniquely impressive. Short and long There’s purity of […]