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Supreme Court giving aid and comfort to bigotry

Supreme Court giving aid and comfort to bigotry

For decades now, July 4th has always compelled in me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852. Of course, that’s the one, given before an audience heavily but not completely comprised of White abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y. that contains one of the most famous passages of American oratory. Having declared […]

Women deserve a right to choose

Women deserve a right to choose

I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to abort herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized. I’ll never forget the blood on the floor of her room, and the anguished screams of her roommate. The […]

The unbelievable Walmart

The unbelievable Walmart

The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on. It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are. I went running to the rest room. In April of this year, a building (Rana Plaza) collapsed in Bangladesh. It […]

America’s crisis: 38 million have no retirement assets

America’s crisis: 38 million have no retirement assets

As more baby boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), 38 million Americans – 45 percent of working-age households – have no retirement account assets. “The heart of the issue consists of […]

The Supreme Court’s true colors

The Supreme Court’s true colors

Last week, the Supreme Court’s conservative faction revealed more clearly than ever before its true colors. It showed that in the political war over America’s future it supports those who want to return to the exclusionary policies and practices of the past. That this is guiding principle of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices […]

Is the president ‘Black’ enough?

Is the president ‘Black’ enough?

“If you had a choice of color, which one would you choose my brother?” – Curtis Mayfield – 1969 In the official U.S. 2010 head count, President Barack Obama provided one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African-American. Since the option was introduced in 2000, the census figures indicate that the country has […]

Black sports agents strike out with Black athletes

Black sports agents strike out with Black athletes

While Black athletes dominate football and basketball, and have a major presence in baseball, relatively few of them hire Black attorneys, accountants, and agents, thereby, putting as much as 5 percent of their contract amount into someone else’s economy. For years now, we have seen this intriguing phenomenon. In 1995, Black Enterprise magazine ran an […]

‘I recall having to pay a poll tax’

‘I recall having to pay a poll tax’

REP. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST With its ruling on the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court has taken the country back to a time when racial minorities were not able to participate equitably in the voting process. The court’s decision is disgraceful to civil rights leaders and legislators who have fought to preserve […]

Affirmative action polls show deep racial gulf

Affirmative action polls show deep racial gulf

In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 68 percent of Americans favor the […]

Maximum effort needs to be made for minimum wage

Maximum effort needs to be made for minimum wage

It seems that the term poverty has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African-Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law on June 25, 1938, so perhaps 75 years later is a good time to explore the roots of the […]