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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 […]

Stop trivialization, preservation of slavery, racism

Stop trivialization, preservation of slavery, racism

As one of the co-founders of the evolving environmental justice movement worldwide, I am always interested in how some people today who have amassed billionaire financial status view racism, slavery and the issues of diversity and inclusion. But first, let me state for the record, I believe in economic empowerment and freedom for all people. […]

Republicans ignore Black people

Republicans ignore Black people

As I watched the Republican debate on October 10, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” Later he tiptoed away from the comment by saying he “regretted” it – but he never apologized. Five years […]

Dr. Ben Carson and lessons from Clarence Thomas

Dr. Ben Carson and lessons from Clarence Thomas

I will never forget the debate that engulfed Black America at the time of the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. On the one side was the fact of his conservative record and his not having any semblance of a history as a staunch advocate for African-American rights. On the other hand, […]

How to win elections behind the ‘Cotton Curtain’

How to win elections behind the ‘Cotton Curtain’

We won the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at Selma, combining the power of a principled mass movement led by Dr. King and a compassionate president who did the right thing despite the heavy political price. What was that cost? Well, President Johnson said it best at the time, when he told his aides that […]

Ohioans lose millions to loan fees

Ohioans lose millions to loan fees

Despite a landslide voter decision in 2008 to cap payday lending rates at 28 percent, the state’s small-dollar, high-cost lending has continued to grow and now doubles the amount of fees charged a decade ago. Each year, Ohio consumers who only needed a small-dollar loan wind up with more than $502 million in fees drained […]