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What’s wrong with the truth?

What’s wrong with the truth?

Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino gets high props for stepping up to tell some truth about the many murders of African-Americans at the hands of misbehaving police officers. How, after all, can you justify the killing of a baby boy, Tamir Rice?  Or the illegal choking of Eric Garner?  Michael Brown stole some cigarillos.  Does […]

Rigged: Racial bias in jury selection

Rigged: Racial bias in jury selection

“Illegal and unconstitutional jury selection procedures cast doubt on the integrity of the whole judicial process. They create the appearance of bias in the decision of individual cases, and they increase the risk of actual bias as well.” – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Peters v. Kiff (1972) During the Reconstruction Era, Congress passed the […]

Truth will set you free

Truth will set you free

A wise sage once said, “A lie can run around the world before the truth has gotten its shoes on.” Assessing the performance of Republican presidential candidates in the current campaign, I can only assume that those responsible for their coaching used that quote as foundation for their last preparation, because the lies were flying fast […]

Where are our women? Where are our educators?

Where are our women? Where are our educators?

Richland County, S.C. Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields seemed to think the only way he could get a young Black girl out of her seat was to fling her across the room.  His brutal attack on her was filmed by one of her classmates, and it’s a good thing he documented the incident. It was […]

We must stop tolerating ‘condemning Blackness’

We must stop tolerating ‘condemning Blackness’

In 2011, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, executive director of the Schaumburg Center for Research in Black Culture, published his book, “The Condemnation of Blackness.” I suggest it as required reading for anyone interested in historical dynamics that have led to our contemporary position of asserting that “Black Lives Matter.” Dr. Muhammad sat for an interview […]

Convene a national commission on race and poverty

Convene a national commission on race and poverty

When America’s founders wrote the Constitution, Blacks were considered three-fifths human. In a compromise at the constitutional convention, the U.S. Constitution was written to allow slave states to count each slave as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of the census and for elections. Slaves couldn’t vote, but they could increase the population and […]

From one generation to another

From one generation to another

REV. AUNDREIA ALEXANDER TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE On August 10, the day after the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, I was arrested along with more than 50 other protesters outside of the Department of Justice in St. Louis in an act of civil disobedience. As I shared a cell with 15 other women, a t-shirt worn […]

Questions for the presidential candidates

Questions for the presidential candidates

Bye, bye Biden.  The vice president who might have given the honorable Hilary Clinton a run for her money has concluded that the timing is not right for him. Clinton needs someone to rattle her cage, to push her to be more focused in the general election. Now, Sen. Bernie Sanders will push her to […]

The truth? ‘Separate and impoverished’

The truth? ‘Separate and impoverished’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic candidate for president, shocked people when he noted that 51 percent of African-Americans aged 17 through 20 who have graduated high school or dropped out of high school are unemployed. PolitiFact.com confirmed the statement as “mostly true,” suggesting that the numbers might even be worse than Sanders suggested. This level […]

We must fight for environmental justice

We must fight for environmental justice

The civil rights movement in the United States identified a long list of issues that were broadly considered the historical and contemporary evidence of systematic racial discrimination and injustice. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color […]