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What do we do after Charleston?

What do we do after Charleston?

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great-grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather, I have been told, was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than in the aftermath of the terroristic murders of nine Black Christians […]

Supreme Court preserves fair housing tool

Supreme Court preserves fair housing tool

A long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court led to a June 25 ruling that preserves the usage of “disparate impact,” an important legal principle sometimes known as the “discriminatory effects” standard. The majority opinion held that housing discrimination under the nation’s 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA) occurs by effect – as well as […]

Confederate ‘sons’ should tell the truth

Confederate ‘sons’ should tell the truth

On their website, The Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I suggest that the Sons of Confederate Veterans rewrite history instead of preserving it. They claim that the Civil […]

Time for some ‘Power Talk’

Time for some ‘Power Talk’

“Now there are some practical things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke those words the night before he was assassinated in Memphis, […]

Stop celebrating and get to work

Stop celebrating and get to work

The morning of June 25, 2015 brought us another civil rights milestone.  On that day, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” and gave it a new lease on life. Likeminded friends and I shared the news.  It was a day of jubilation that equaled or surpassed any other day in recent […]

Whites still live in ‘state of denial’ on race

Whites still live in ‘state of denial’ on race

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley is fond of saying, “Slavery was America’s original sin, and racism remains its unresolved dilemma.” But the unwillingness to face up to the raw racism that led to the murder of nine African-Americans attending Bible study at a church in Charleston, S.C. proves that the problem is more than just […]

Focus on real Black women, not imposters

Focus on real Black women, not imposters

By the time you read this, perhaps the disturbing story of Rachel Dolezal, the prevaricating White woman who passed for Black, led the Spokane NAACP, and wove a web of elaborate lies, would have receded from media headlines. Probably not.  I expect additional disclosures, a book, and a reality show. While most African-Americans have concluded […]

Growing a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

Growing a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

This is the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program’s 20th anniversary. More than 135,000 children across the country have had an enriching CDF Freedom Schools summer or after-school experience.  More than 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained to teach the integrated reading curriculum whose books reflect the lives of the K-12 children […]

Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News blowhards will never admit that in covering the racially-charged swimming pool incident in McKinney, Texas, they blew it. But that’s exactly what they did. And rather than acknowledge that they went overboard in defending the misconduct of the police officer involved – conduct that the chief police later described as “out of control” […]

What part of democracy is the GOP afraid of?

What part of democracy is the GOP afraid of?

It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party has been working hard to ensure that for many voters who fit that profile, the answer will be “no.” A half-century […]