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State NAACP rigs local elections in Ohio

State NAACP rigs local elections in Ohio

You won’t believe the latest tactics being used by the folks at the national and state levels of the NAACP. Then again, those of you who are familiar with their evil doings in the past will believe it. You may recall the Cincinnati branch won a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the national office for […]

No better time to end racial profiling

No better time to end racial profiling

Freddie Gray, 25, was racially profiled and then chased down by Baltimore police officers. He subsequently died as result of police action taken after what the mayor called an unjust arrest. But the Gray tragedy is not an isolated case. It is symptomatic of a criminal justice system gone mad with racism and bigotry. This […]

Black families must focus on asset building

Black families must focus on asset building

As the wealthy few continue to prosper, the rest of the nation is caught in a financial tug-of-war between stagnant wages and a rising cost of living. In communities of color, chronic unemployment and underemployment and a host of other social ills are added burdens to an already challenging economy. These and other disturbing trends […]

Global migration is about survival

Global migration is about survival

The recent deaths of more than a thousand African refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in order to get to Europe highlights an on-going and growing global migration crisis. Contrary to commentators on the political right – in both the USA and Europe –what we are witnessing is not representative of a search for […]

‘Thug’ is in the eye of the beholder

‘Thug’ is in the eye of the beholder

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST A small section of Baltimore, no more than four to six blocks on the city’s west side, experienced looting and property destruction after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the young man whose spine was mysteriously crushed after being taken into police custody. Gray would later die from his injuries and ‘Charm […]

Blacks split over Obama

Blacks split over Obama

Since the moment that he announced his candidacy in 2007, through to this day, there have been two debates over how to understand President Barack Obama. There is the larger social debate, which includes the hysterical and racist assaults on the First Family. There is also a separate debate, one that only occasionally appears in […]

Clamoring to enter housing’s poor door

Clamoring to enter housing’s poor door

More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the “poor door” at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning […]

Death row’s other killers

Death row’s other killers

Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in 1983, spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row before his murder conviction was overturned earlier this […]

Black women killed by police are ignored

Black women killed by police are ignored

You know their names – Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice – because these African-American men were unarmed and killed by “law enforcement” officers. Their names have been part of a litany invoked when police shootings are discussed. Their deaths have been part of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially because the […]

A young sister ‘hashtagged’ me out of my silo

A young sister ‘hashtagged’ me out of my silo

When a colleague dropped the line, “You can’t hashtag your way to freedom,” I loved it! I laughed out loud, and promised that I’d not borrow the line, but steal it because I was so enamored of it. I’ve used it quite a few times since then, and gotten my share of grins and guffaws.So […]