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Double standard even among pro-homosexual groups

Double standard even among pro-homosexual groups

William Thomas and Bruce Harris are two very successful judges who most people don’t know. Thomas is from Miami and Harris is from Chatham Borough, N.J. Both were nominated for judgeships and both were defeated. Both are Black. Both are homosexual. One is a Democrat and the other is a Republican. Thomas was nominated last […]

Are the Walmart prices worth it?

Are the Walmart prices worth it?

If you don’t know about it, there is an ongoing fight between Walmart and the union movement. The political battle being played out in Washington, D.C. is over the “living wage bill.” But that is just the latest ploy in a longer war in years to come between the retail giant and America’s primarily Black, […]

Selling out Black college football to make a buck

Selling out Black college football to make a buck

I cringed as the scores came in over the weekend. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0. Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6. Miami 77, Savannah State 7. Our HBCUs have traded their proud, rich football heritage for money. And I don’t think it’s worth it. There’s only one reason our HBCUs schedule games against schools whose […]

Victim of ignorance killed by gun violence

Victim of ignorance killed by gun violence

At only 24 years old, Timothy Dawkins was already well respected in his hometown of Washington, D.C. as a young leader and youth organizer wise for his years. His colleague Trayon White, a District of Columbia State Board of Education member, described him to a reporter this way: “Tim was just very different. You’re talking […]

Our rotten probation system

Our rotten probation system

Back in the good old days, probation was publicly funded. The process was simple and probation officers’ mission was to assist offenders and help them assimilate into the general population. Rehabilitation was the goal – a noble goal indeed. Like our current prison system, probation is no longer about rehabilitation. It has turned into a […]

An inside look at our rotten prison system

An inside look at our rotten prison system

In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bachelor’s degree in Correctional Administration from the University of Wisconsin. During the summer of 1969, I did my required internship at the Wisconsin School for Girls in Oregon, Wis. These were underage offenders who were found guilty of petty crimes or “bad behavior.” My ambition was […]

Obama should not play ‘global cop’

Obama should not play ‘global cop’

The central issue that should concern us when it comes to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria is not the identity of the perpetrator but which international body responds to such a crisis. What we are looking at in the current situation is the Obama administration (following from its predecessors) ignoring international law when it […]

Connection between conservatism and White racism exposed

Connection between conservatism and White racism exposed

In office just nine months, Ted Cruz, the junior Republican Senator from Texas, has already established himself as that body’s most divisive force since the witch-hunting, 1950s demagogue, Joe McCarthy. Last week, speaking at an event meant to honor the late Jesse Helms, the longtime segregationist senator from North Carolina, Cruz, Texas’ first Hispanic senator, […]

Celebrating 40 years for children

Celebrating 40 years for children

On Sept. 30, friends and supporters of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF’s 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was a law student with CDF’s parent organization, the Washington Research Project, and joined CDF as a young staff […]

Obama needs a better reason to bomb Syria

Obama needs a better reason to bomb Syria

As Aeschylus, the Greek dramatist said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” But in today’s political climate, just the threat of war sends truth fleeing, exacerbated by the lack of trust in our leaders and governing institutions. How can you tell when a politician is lying? Answer: When he moves his lips. Neither the […]