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No due process for ‘standing while Black’

No due process for ‘standing while Black’

An open letter posted on the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) website and printed in the New York Daily News lacks credibility and contributes to the fractured state of police-community relations. Is PBA President Patrick Lynch obliged to defend his members even when they are wrong? Lynch has cautioned the media and others about […]

Brutality isn’t the only police problem

Brutality isn’t the only police problem

Citizens of the United States have had enough with incompetence by local police forces. ‘Incompetence’ is a kind word for racism and, above all, corruption. I don’t believe one person doubts that there is an immediate problem, as we see time and time again on live news footage of the hatred being turned against our […]

Come walk with me on Oct. 1

Come walk with me on Oct. 1

I was blessed to grow up in a household filled with love. Like many of my generation, we were taught the virtue of Christian charity and an appreciation for those around whom we lived. It wasn’t uncommon for us to share what we had, however meager it may have been, with those who had less. […]

Small-college football players at serious risk

Small-college football players at serious risk

DR. WILLIE J. GREER KIMMONS GUEST COMMENTARY The September 7, 2015 Sports section of the local daily newspaper listed the scores of college football games.  I noticed a huge disparity in school size, budget size, athletic facilities and overall talent of the football players from several colleges. A majority of the biggest, most athletic and talented […]

Are we ‘The Worst Generation?’

Are we ‘The Worst Generation?’

It appears that a major stock market correction is on its way and the world’s economy is going to take a nosedive. America, being the wealthiest nation, has the most to lose. The Great Recession started in 2008 and the recovery is very anemic. We tried to address it with the stimulus project, but that […]

Congressional drama and deadlines 

Congressional drama and deadlines 

Congress must approve a budget by October 1 or our government will shut down.  That means people will not be paid and technically, government departments will cease to operate.  Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, and more will cease to be paid. Whenever we get to this brinkmanship, Congress approves a continuing resolution, which provides temporary […]

BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s

BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s

A community at a crossroads: Part 2 Editor’s note – This commentary was originally written in “Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood, 1942” (Southeast Museum of Photography, 1999). It featured the photography of Gordon Parks.  DR. LEONARD LEMPEL GUEST COMMENTARY Income disparity Although Black Daytonans, along with the majority of the nation’s African-Americans, realized […]

Demonizing ‘Black Lives Matter’

Demonizing ‘Black Lives Matter’

Led by Fox News, conservatives are trying to discredit the #Black Lives Matter Movement by claiming incorrectly that it is a Black hate group that encourages the killing of police officers. On the Aug. 31 edition of ‘Fox & Friends,’ Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, “Why has the Black Lives Movement – Black Lives Matter Movement – […]

Bishop Desmond Tutu’s dream

Bishop Desmond Tutu’s dream

After the horror of the racist terrorist murders in Charleston, S.C., many of us have been crying out with questions about all the strife and violence permeating our nation. How long until America confronts its historic love affair with guns and violence and undergoes a healing process of first truth and then reconciliation about our […]

Why education is important for the Black community

Why education is important for the Black community

Education is without a doubt crucial to the success of our students to compete for jobs. Quality education that enforces and reinforces math, science, writing, and cognitive thinking will separate those who desire a prosperous future from those who are simply content with getting by. With so many people wanting our children to get a […]