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SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

SCOTUS seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority justified this decision purportedly on the basis […]

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.” In the one case, involving the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and the Conestoga Wagon Specialties company, which makes wood cabinets, the majority ruled that a federal law guaranteeing “religious […]

Voting while Black in Mississippi

Voting while Black in Mississippi

Last week, African-American voters in Mississippi proved Blacks will vote for a Republican candidate – when doing so meets the time-honored tradition all American voters have always followed: they judge it to be in their self-interest. On June 24, Thad Cochran, the courtly, six-term senior Senator from Mississippi, eked out a narrow 51-to-49 percent victory […]

The Black Press, the voice of Black America (part 1)

The Black Press, the voice of Black America (part 1)

Amidst last week’s annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, I was reminded repeatedly that Black Americans have had a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, Black American publishers have worked heroically to earn the title “Voice of Black […]

The power of Power Talk

The power of Power Talk

The recent gathering of serious, conscious, and intelligent brothers and sisters in Washington, D.C. on June 21 was so refreshing and stimulating. The event was called Power Talk One, and it was organized by Carl Nelson, radio talk show host par excellence, whose show is carried from 4-7 p.m. weekdays on WOL-1450, in the District […]

Right wing gets it wrong in Mississippi

Right wing gets it wrong in Mississippi

If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt. After complaining for a half century about Blacks not voting  for Republicans, African-Americans did just that in the GOP runoff between incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel, a staunch Tea Party supporter. And […]

Freedom Summer – 50 years later

Freedom Summer – 50 years later

The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi, then the deadliest state in the nation, but the entire region. As I have written in the space before, there was a popular joke about Mississippi making […]

Blacks need more racists

Blacks need more racists

A few weeks ago, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made a stunning announcement that caused a lot of consternation in the Black community. UNCF had accepted a $25 million contribution from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation. Under normal circumstances, David and Charles Koch – the brothers who control the two entities – […]

Female genital mutilation:  A horror of dominance

Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl prepares for marriage in the United States and the western world, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown.  I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns.  For too […]

The face of economic recovery

The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the US economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth and say that it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary […]