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Race, gender and healing

Race, gender and healing

Just a few days before the corrosive 2016 election, it occurs to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign. Sure, there have been ugly campaigns before, but this one has revealed the extent to which racism and sexism are acceptable features of life […]

Standing Rock is about us too

Standing Rock is about us too

When my brothers were younger, a common playtime activity was the ‘game’ of “cowboys and Indians.” Fueled by Hollywood Westerns, kids played it across the nation. No one wanted to be the Indian and suffer the routine fate of ‘dying’ under brutal circumstances. Even kids recognized the disadvantages inherent with being a Native American. Sadly, […]

After the election, it’s the ‘State of the Black World’

After the election, it’s the ‘State of the Black World’

I’m writing two weeks before the Nov. 8 election, writing and praying that Election Day comes sooner than it is supposed to. I did my early vote thing so that I could, if necessary, drop into battleground states like Virginia, North Carolina or Florida to do my bit to get out the vote. And I’m […]

Our stories, our truth – ‘Loving’

Our stories, our truth – ‘Loving’

In my first year of law school, I learned about the case of Loving v. Virginia. Having grown up in the South, the case didn’t surprise me. A three-tiered system was ‘normal’ in my home state of Louisiana. We had Black people, White people and mulattoes. Each rarely married outside of their own group. My […]

Ohio bus tour encourages voting

Ohio bus tour encourages voting

When overall Black voting rates reached parity with White rates in 2012, many state lawmakers wasted no time passing new discriminatory voter suppression restrictions aimed at driving down Black voter turnout. The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, opened the door for […]

What Obama can do to help Blacks as his term ends

What Obama can do to help Blacks as his term ends

The countdown to President Obama’s last one hundred days began on October 13. Already, the president has committed to spending his waning days in office by campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Indeed, he has put his legacy on the line, telling Black people at his last Congressional Black Caucus dinner that he will be personally insulted […]

Black families still denied access to home loans

Black families still denied access to home loans

In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America’s “inner cities.” Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to Blacks and Latinos. According to Richard Rothstein, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute, the inner city experience does not encompass all of Black America. […]

We must fight efforts to suppress Black votes

We must fight efforts to suppress Black votes

In all democracies, the right to vote is fundamental to the legitimacy of an elected government chosen by the participatory action and will of the people eligible to vote. For 47 million Black Americans, the right to vote is a sacred responsibility without the fear of reprisal, retribution or repression. This year’s national elections in […]

Exercise your right: Go vote!

Exercise your right: Go vote!

In less than a month, the nation will conclude what is likely to be remembered as one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in modern history. The campaign has been fraught with racially divisive rhetoric as the nation continues to struggle with issues of racial hostility and social inequity, as demonstrated by the wave of […]

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

Professional sports revolutionized our local economies.  Some of our basketball and football stars would evolve into corporate and political leaders and successful entrepreneurs. All of this went to our middle class, but what was still missing was the improvement done to the “‘hood.” Poverty, blight, violence and hopelessness was still there. Making money Some “ballers” […]