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The delusional Tea Party Republicans

The delusional Tea Party Republicans

As these words are being written, the Obama administration is trying to end a shutdown of the United States government forced by the refusal of the Republican bloc of the House of Representatives to vote on a continued funding of the government’s operations. Looming ever closer is the deadline for Congress to deal, with the […]

Some homosexuals confuse a crime with a ‘right’

Some homosexuals confuse a crime with a ‘right’

As it is written, “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 What an appropriate statement to describe the continued denigration of the moral fabric of American society. I am fed up with everyone trying to be accommodating of homosexuals when they […]

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African-Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, […]

Athletics vs. academics

Athletics vs. academics

DR. WILLIE J. KIMMONS GUEST COLUMNIST A majority of the biggest, most athletic and talented football players do not attend small colleges today.  On Sunday, Sept. 22, the sports section of the Daytona Beach News Journal listed the scores of college football games.  I noticed a huge disparity in school size, budget size, athletic facilities and overall […]

Double standard even among pro-homosexual groups

Double standard even among pro-homosexual groups

William Thomas and Bruce Harris are two very successful judges who most people don’t know. Thomas is from Miami and Harris is from Chatham Borough, N.J. Both were nominated for judgeships and both were defeated. Both are Black. Both are homosexual. One is a Democrat and the other is a Republican. Thomas was nominated last […]

Are the Walmart prices worth it?

Are the Walmart prices worth it?

If you don’t know about it, there is an ongoing fight between Walmart and the union movement. The political battle being played out in Washington, D.C. is over the “living wage bill.” But that is just the latest ploy in a longer war in years to come between the retail giant and America’s primarily Black, […]

Selling out Black college football to make a buck

Selling out Black college football to make a buck

I cringed as the scores came in over the weekend. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0. Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6. Miami 77, Savannah State 7. Our HBCUs have traded their proud, rich football heritage for money. And I don’t think it’s worth it. There’s only one reason our HBCUs schedule games against schools whose […]

Victim of ignorance killed by gun violence

Victim of ignorance killed by gun violence

At only 24 years old, Timothy Dawkins was already well respected in his hometown of Washington, D.C. as a young leader and youth organizer wise for his years. His colleague Trayon White, a District of Columbia State Board of Education member, described him to a reporter this way: “Tim was just very different. You’re talking […]

Our rotten probation system

Our rotten probation system

Back in the good old days, probation was publicly funded. The process was simple and probation officers’ mission was to assist offenders and help them assimilate into the general population. Rehabilitation was the goal – a noble goal indeed. Like our current prison system, probation is no longer about rehabilitation. It has turned into a […]

An inside look at our rotten prison system

An inside look at our rotten prison system

In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bachelor’s degree in Correctional Administration from the University of Wisconsin. During the summer of 1969, I did my required internship at the Wisconsin School for Girls in Oregon, Wis. These were underage offenders who were found guilty of petty crimes or “bad behavior.” My ambition was […]