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Focus on real Black women, not imposters

Focus on real Black women, not imposters

By the time you read this, perhaps the disturbing story of Rachel Dolezal, the prevaricating White woman who passed for Black, led the Spokane NAACP, and wove a web of elaborate lies, would have receded from media headlines. Probably not.  I expect additional disclosures, a book, and a reality show. While most African-Americans have concluded […]

Growing a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

Growing a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

This is the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program’s 20th anniversary. More than 135,000 children across the country have had an enriching CDF Freedom Schools summer or after-school experience.  More than 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained to teach the integrated reading curriculum whose books reflect the lives of the K-12 children […]

Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News blowhards will never admit that in covering the racially-charged swimming pool incident in McKinney, Texas, they blew it. But that’s exactly what they did. And rather than acknowledge that they went overboard in defending the misconduct of the police officer involved – conduct that the chief police later described as “out of control” […]

What part of democracy is the GOP afraid of?

What part of democracy is the GOP afraid of?

It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party has been working hard to ensure that for many voters who fit that profile, the answer will be “no.” A half-century […]

Good, bad news in latest job numbers

Good, bad news in latest job numbers

The unemployment rate rose just a bit in May, an indicator that Wall Street and Main Street are celebrating because that means more people are looking for work and that more people are optimistic. However, two major media polls show widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo, with majority support for an increased minimum wage, for […]

Better pay comes when we demand it

Better pay comes when we demand it

Los Angeles just voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The nation’s second-biggest city joins Seattle, San Francisco and little Emeryville, Calif., in forging the way to a decent minimum. Similar measures are now being considered in New York City, Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. Facebook is now paying […]

Mississippi still stuck in the past

Mississippi still stuck in the past

I believe that if given a word association test asking which American state first came to mind when accounting for the worst consequences to African-Americans, many people would immediately blurt out, “Mississippi.” Arguably, in the history of American race relations, no other state commands the reputation for racial brutality, violence and mayhem that Mississippi does. When […]

Why Black America needs baseball

Why Black America needs baseball

A video of Chris Rock has made the rounds in which he offers a critique of Major League baseball and its relationship to Black America. The monologue is funny, sad and very profound. He attempts to explain the distance that has emerged between Black America and a sport that it actually helped to build. I […]

Blacks must be part of energy debate

Blacks must be part of energy debate

MATTHEW C. WHITAKER NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that income disparities among different ethnic groups in the U.S. remain pronounced. Median weekly earnings for Black males are just 75.6 percent of the median for White males, and Black females’ earnings were 82.3 percent of the median for White […]

America’s true crime problem

America’s true crime problem

Ponder these words about Black Americans and the criminal justice system: “There is too much crime and too little justice in the lives of Black Americans today. But while the problem of crime is widely shared in the United States, the problem of injustice is not.” And these words: “It is a paradox that Black […]