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Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Last month, the National Urban League last week released our annual report on the social and economic status of people of color, the State of Black America®. This year’s edition, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice,” was especially significant because it marked the 40th anniversary of the report, first issued in 1976 by Vernon Jordan. […]

What about Harambe?

What about Harambe?

Since his shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo on June 28, the death of Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla, has created a firestorm of controversy in contemporary “culture wars.” There has been considerable second-guessing concerning the decision to shoot and kill the animal. Even worse, there has been unreasonable vilification of the parents of the 3-year-old […]

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Unless you are comfortable with little girls or women sharing bathrooms with men, you should be angry about the president’s new transgender bathroom directives that allow persons to use restrooms based on how they self-identify, rather than the sex stated on their birth certificates. The more radical wing of the transgender movement involves not only […]

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where at the end of World War II the U.S. became the first and only country to drop an atomic bomb. The president used the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Immediately, the […]

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof, the unrepentant racist who killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is a monster. He prayed with people before reciting racist cants and annihilating people. After his heinous acts, it was discovered that he was a rabid racist who wrapped himself in the Confederate flag. Does he deserve […]

Has America given up on school desegregation?

Has America given up on school desegregation?

May 17th marked the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing so-called “separate but equal” public schools. The decision effectively superseded the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision upholding racial segregation. Chief Justice Roger G. Taney wrote in the Dred Scott decision in 1857 that he believed […]

The myth of equality

The myth of equality

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST As a child growing up, I found solace in words found in the Declaration of Independence and in the
Holy Bible. The Declaration of Independence says
“all men are created equal…”The Bible
says that God loves everyone, and that Jesus
showed the agape love that was of and from God. If
a person […]

Keeping faith with our sisters

Keeping faith with our sisters

I lead a major national women’s group, the National Congress of Black Women. My personal desire is to facilitate the enhancement of the lives and opportunities for African-American women, women of color, and their families’ welfare. My role is a singular opportunity to bring positive change to our communities and to our nation. My job […]

Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

KIM M. KEENAN GEORGE CURRY MEDIA GUEST COLUMNIST I remember the first time I saw a Black raised fist. I
was watching the 1968 Summer Olympics in
Mexico City and two Black athletes, Tommie Smith
and John Carlos, raised their black-gloved fists and
bowed their heads on the medal ceremony stand
during the playing of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” […]

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

During his march to the Republican
Party nomination, Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that all Muslims should be barred from
entering the U.S., making it a cornerstone of his campaign. Last week, he declared that idea was “just a suggestion.” Which statement was the lie? Throughout his campaign, Trump displayed a firm allegiance to the Republican orthodoxy […]