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Prevent hunger in our land of plenty

Prevent hunger in our land of plenty

While many American families gathered around the Thanksgiving table last week, some of us combined this year’s traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts; a too quiet group was left out of the national celebration. The nearly 49 million Americans, including nearly 16 million children, living in food insecure households struggled to afford the food they need. […]

Thanksgiving and other myths

Thanksgiving and other myths

Theoretically, Thanksgiving celebrates the breaking of bread between Native Americans and Pilgrims, who might have starved were it not for the generosity of those who first occupied this country. Pilgrims and their descendants developed the myth of the shared Thanksgiving. The myth leaves out the unprovoked massacre of tens of thousands on Native Americans because […]

The American Dream lives! But…

The American Dream lives! But…

It’s the current American reality that’s become a nightmare for millions upon millions whose lives, occupations and economic stability once seemed to embody it. A new survey released Thanksgiving week by the Washington Post and the Miller Center, a nonpartisan, public policy-focused affiliate of the University of Virginia, offers fresh evidence that Americans overwhelmingly still […]

A.G. Gaston: Find a need and fill it

A.G. Gaston: Find a need and fill it

One of the greatest entrepreneurs in this nation, Arthur George Gaston, offered these wise words of advice to prospective business owners: “Find a need and fill it.”  If there is anyone we can look to for an example of how business is done it is certainly A.G. Gaston.  Starting out by lending his money to […]

Plenty of reasons to be thankful

Plenty of reasons to be thankful

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will use this time to reflect on the current state of our lives and the things we are most thankful for. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are using this day to complain about having to work on this holiday.  I am totally confused by this feigned outrage […]

Thankful for trials and tribulations

Thankful for trials and tribulations

CENTIA JACKSON GUEST COLUMNIST Editor’s Note: Centia shared the following sentiments during the Thanksgiving Day Service at Tubman-King Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. Usually this time of year, we start to reflect on life and the things we are thankful for. When Rev. Long asked me if I would be one of the speakers I […]

Brandeis study finds racial wealth gap growing

Brandeis study finds racial wealth gap growing

Although most Sunday school children are warned against the “love of money,” by adulthood it is the lack of it that becomes the source of many problems. When finances are so fragile that even a small shortfall presents a big problem – a few hundred dollars might as well be a million –  you do […]

Forcing poor people to go hungry

Forcing poor people to go hungry

Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program […]

Is America becoming a nation of bullies?

Is America becoming a nation of bullies?

 “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.  Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.” –American Psychological Association When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on September 9 because of bullying […]

Beyond the rhetoric: Why is there still discrimination?

Beyond the rhetoric: Why is there still discrimination?

I was being interviewed by two French citizens whose mission is to end discrimination in France. Their mission is very difficult because it is illegal to denote one’s race on any form or application. Race does not appear in the French census and to actually keep a count by race is a felony. The Catch […]