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Black folks still dealing with sell-outs

Black folks still dealing with sell-outs

During the enslavement period of Africans in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia. It was the legal act of freeing a slave for “good deeds,” as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a White master or his property, […]

HBCUs not attracting top athletes

HBCUs not attracting top athletes

It has recently been in the press the financial woes of the Grambling State University football team. Players boycotted traveling to a game in nearby Jackson, Miss., down the road on Interstate 20. They protested the lack of funding as reflected in their locker room facilities, traveling by bus instead of airplane and missing some […]

Poor Whites blaming the wrong people

Poor Whites blaming the wrong people

I read a very sad article in the Washington Post on Oct. 29. It concerned the base of the Tea Party movement, and specifically focused on some economically distressed Whites living in Georgia. They, like many other residents of Tea Party-controlled Congressional districts, are suffering under the weight of an economy that will not get […]

Terrible parenting linked to rise in suicides by children

Terrible parenting linked to rise in suicides by children

Hardly a week goes by when there is not a tragic story of a teenager committing suicide. Tragic as these deaths are, there is absolutely no causation between bullying and suicide. The media’s simplistic and sensational coverage of these teenage deaths are very problematic in this regard. Suicide is never, let me repeat, suicide is […]

Too much government dependency

Too much government dependency

Rather than gloat over the Republicans getting their clocks cleaned in the government shutdown fiasco, it’s worth Blacks taking time to note our dependency on government. In some form, more than half of Americans rely on the government – 165 million out of 308 million. Of these, 107 million Americans rely on welfare, 46 million […]

Wagner out to steal green grass, dollars

Wagner out to steal green grass, dollars

GREG GIMBERT GUEST COLUMNIST Last week, Volusia County Councilman Joshua Wagner wrote a guest editorial entitled “Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks.” –Greg Gimbert, a community activist, wrote a response to Wagner’s commentary. The truth about politicians is that there is only one color.  It is not Black or White, it’s […]

‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public that the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a […]

Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks

Volusia County has benefited off backs, dimes of Daytona’s Blacks

JOSHUA J. WAGNER GUEST COLUMNIST There has been much discussion over the years about the re-urbanization of Daytona Beach. Drawing more people back to live in the core of the community is important for the health of the city. For far too long people have enjoyed the fruit that Daytona Beach residents provide while paying […]

Republicans and the new ‘White flight’

Republicans and the new ‘White flight’

Now that the GOP-manufactured economic crisis is over (for several months, anyway), one might say the lesson for the Republican Party is best expressed by that old warning: Be careful what you wish for. Driven by its reactionary Tea Party faction and the Right’s newest demagogue, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the GOP tried to use […]

Morgan State takes a global view of journalism

Morgan State takes a global view of journalism

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” –Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm That’s the sentiment of individuals at Morgan State University’s (MSU) School of Global Journalism and Communication. When Cornish and Russwurm wrote these words nearly two centuries ago in Freedom’s Journal, they started America’s Black Press. […]