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Lies and cover-ups in Chicago

Lies and cover-ups in Chicago

“Because a body of men, holding themselves accountable to nobody, ought not to be trusted by anybody.” Thomas Paine, “Rights of Man (Part One)”, 1791 A day after the city of Chicago released the dashcam video showing the cold-blooded murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of a Chicago Police Department officer, the Chicago […]

Trump is not the only one

Trump is not the only one

The last name I wanted to mention in my column this week or during this “Season of Peace” was Donald Trump! I consider it a travesty, especially at this time of the year, to give platform to a xenophobic, misogynistic racist!  The time taken to refute the bile of hatred and intolerance he regularly spews […]

Gun bans once had bipartisan support

Gun bans once had bipartisan support

In the horror in San Bernardino, Calif., a husband and wife walked into a social services center armed with two AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifles and two 9-mm semiautomatic handguns and 1,400 rounds of ammunition for the rifles. They opened fire, leaving 14 dead and 23 wounded. We now know that they had apparently committed […]

Can I get a witness  – or an endorsement?

Can I get a witness – or an endorsement?

JEFFREY L. BONEY NNPA COLUMNIST One of the saddest displays I recently witnessed was the debacle surrounding several members of the Black clergy and their political meeting that was touted as an endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. I have been a big proponent of Black people not putting all of their eggs in […]

Don’t let small-dollar loans ruin your holidays

Don’t let small-dollar loans ruin your holidays

In this wonderful time of the year when family and friends gather in good cheer to celebrate the holidays, nearly everyone has lists. From greeting cards to shopping for gifts, decorations and more, lists are made and reviewed to keep pace with the barrage of seasonal activities. But if holiday lists seem bigger than budgets, […]

Should we wipe it all away?

Should we wipe it all away?

Despite racist vitriol characterizing Blacks as “dirty,” most of us were reared in an environment where “cleanliness was next to godliness.”  With the hectic pace of our world, these lessons still guide our behaviors. While we can wipe away the dirt that will work its way into our lives, the same cannot be said for […]

Another senseless murder by police

Another senseless murder by police

In the spirit of the season, my original plan for this week was to present a column that was light-hearted and uplifting, but my spirit of festiveness was overcome by the events of the past week. We’ve been given no room for a casual, much less festive, reflection at this time. Dead on the streets […]

Make anti-poverty tax credits permanent

Make anti-poverty tax credits permanent

“The Earned Income Tax Credit is the most effective anti-poverty program in the United State. It both encourages and rewards work by allowing low-income workers to recoup money that otherwise would have gone to taxes. And since low-income people are more likely to spend their income than to save it out of necessity, it is […]

‘Asking directions while Black’ could be deadly

‘Asking directions while Black’ could be deadly

Sherry McLain, age 67 – a White woman from Tennessee – was loading her car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. James Crutchfield, a 52-year-old Black man, approached her seeking a light for a cigarette. McLain allegedly pulled a gun on Crutchfield.  She later stated that she had never been more afraid. Crutchfield is quite lucky […]

Humane treatment shouldn’t require demonstrations

Humane treatment shouldn’t require demonstrations

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times and killed by a Chicago policeman. With the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, the city fought several attempts to have the dashcam video of the incident released to the public. Local elections were a month away when […]