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Banks caught redlining  Black communities

Banks caught redlining Black communities

The old adage, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ seems somehow an apt description for what a growing number of communities are suffering: a lack of fair lending. In recent weeks and in varying locales, the issue of redlining has led to lawsuits that have been challenged or settlements that avoided […]

Why calling Black Lives Matter ‘anti-police’ won’t work

Why calling Black Lives Matter ‘anti-police’ won’t work

It has been both interesting and unsettling to watch the attacks from the political right on the Black Lives Matter movement, and the larger movement for Black lives. Specifically, the suggestion that Black Lives Matter activists are somehow terroristic and promote the killing of police is so outlandish that it’s not only difficult to believe […]

A ‘feral child?’  A racist fool

A ‘feral child?’ A racist fool

I was preparing to write a column on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade agreement that President Obama wants to fast track through Congress.  I considered tackling the Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, as Republicans are targeting a most important women’s health provider for political purposes. But a friend sent me a link to a photo […]

Happy birthday to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Happy birthday to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

Seventy-five years ago, a freedom fighter was born in Greenville, S.C. His name is Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. I will say something about this brother that I have known and worked with for decades in the ongoing civil rights movement in the U. S., and in the overall freedom struggle internationally. Too often, particularly among […]

How to revitalize families when children are involved

How to revitalize families when children are involved

Recently, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at a pastors’ forum in Atlanta, Ga. The organization that held the event was the American Clergy Leadership Conference’s Atlanta chapter, an organization that brings together clergy from all ethnicities, nationalities, and faiths under the auspices of family and love. In a day when we […]

The piercing cry of child poverty

The piercing cry of child poverty

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation – the world’s largest economy. Children are poor if they live in a family of four […]

Be a legend or leave a legacy?

Be a legend or leave a legacy?

One thing that prevents us from moving forward, economically and otherwise, is ego. Many of our leaders are unwilling to elevate the collective in favor of their individual selfish desires. We see it in our social organizations, our political circles, and in our churches. Those in leadership positions refuse to work with others for fear […]

Black and Latinos  working together

Black and Latinos working together

We are now in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, across the United States. During this year’s observance of Hispanic heritage, Latino leaders are also articulating the strategic value and need for more unity between Blacks and Latinos. In a recent column to the New York Amsterdam News, Bronx Borough […]

Young Black males are pushed out, pushed away

Young Black males are pushed out, pushed away

Damien Durr is a brilliant young man who grew up in Ohio in a family of teachers where education was always stressed. No one, including Damien, ever thought he wouldn’t finish high school. When his father, grandfather and aunt all died within a short time of one another as he was starting high school, it […]

Collecting $200 million from the debt collectors

Collecting $200 million from the debt collectors

At one time or another, many consumers have fallen behind on paying their bills. For the working poor, unemployed and underemployed, the struggle to get out of debt can be a daily challenge. At the same time, there are businesses that exploit others’ financial woes, reaping high profits on debt purchased for just a few […]