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Let’s rebuild the Motor City

Let’s rebuild the Motor City

It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City, a city I know well. White, Black flight Year after year and decade after decade, the businesses, White middle class and then Black middle class, left for the suburbs or beyond. The declining tax base, increasing crime rate, blight […]

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double. There have been weeks of back and forth, but now Senators says they will tie student loan rates to the federal funds rate, which means that in the short-run the lowest student loan rates will be 3.86 percent, up […]

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. The idea of organizing a Poor People’s Campaign was discussed during a Nov. 27-31, 1967 Southern Christian Leadership […]

Finally, the Barack Obama I voted for

Finally, the Barack Obama I voted for

For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him to Christianity. But President Obama has been a different story. Obama’s first […]

Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

JOHN LEWIS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Rep. John Lewis’ testimony July 17, 2013 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Shelby v. Holder case that invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since first being elected to Congress, Congressman Sensenbrenner has been a tireless […]

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa. Mandela’s insistence and persistence for freedom for Black South Africans, which included a 27-year jail […]

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase, “I have a dream!” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous March on Washington. Aug. 28, 1963 was the day that a quarter million people descended […]

Let us refuse to be silent

Let us refuse to be silent

The reaction to the not guilty verdict from George Zimmerman’s jury was swift and strong. Young people poured onto the streets in peaceful protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. By 3 a.m. more than 100,000 people signed an online petition urging the Justice Department to pursue civil rights violation charges […]

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

Alright, team, enough is enough. During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America — for the most part — gave the administration a pass. Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a little breathing room. While we gave him breathing room, the political Right, […]

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Watching television Saturday night, I sat in stunned silence as the jury returned its not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. Then, I was jolted by a comment made by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda: “… We live in a great country that […]