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Are we ‘The Worst Generation?’

Are we ‘The Worst Generation?’

It appears that a major stock market correction is on its way and the world’s economy is going to take a nosedive. America, being the wealthiest nation, has the most to lose. The Great Recession started in 2008 and the recovery is very anemic. We tried to address it with the stimulus project, but that […]

Congressional drama and deadlines 

Congressional drama and deadlines 

Congress must approve a budget by October 1 or our government will shut down.  That means people will not be paid and technically, government departments will cease to operate.  Social Security payments, veterans’ benefits, and more will cease to be paid. Whenever we get to this brinkmanship, Congress approves a continuing resolution, which provides temporary […]

BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s

BLACK DAYTONA BEACH IN THE 1940s

A community at a crossroads: Part 2 Editor’s note – This commentary was originally written in “Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood, 1942” (Southeast Museum of Photography, 1999). It featured the photography of Gordon Parks.  DR. LEONARD LEMPEL GUEST COMMENTARY Income disparity Although Black Daytonans, along with the majority of the nation’s African-Americans, realized […]

Demonizing ‘Black Lives Matter’

Demonizing ‘Black Lives Matter’

Led by Fox News, conservatives are trying to discredit the #Black Lives Matter Movement by claiming incorrectly that it is a Black hate group that encourages the killing of police officers. On the Aug. 31 edition of ‘Fox & Friends,’ Elizabeth Hasselbeck asked, “Why has the Black Lives Movement – Black Lives Matter Movement – […]

Bishop Desmond Tutu’s dream

Bishop Desmond Tutu’s dream

After the horror of the racist terrorist murders in Charleston, S.C., many of us have been crying out with questions about all the strife and violence permeating our nation. How long until America confronts its historic love affair with guns and violence and undergoes a healing process of first truth and then reconciliation about our […]

Why education is important for the Black community

Why education is important for the Black community

Education is without a doubt crucial to the success of our students to compete for jobs. Quality education that enforces and reinforces math, science, writing, and cognitive thinking will separate those who desire a prosperous future from those who are simply content with getting by. With so many people wanting our children to get a […]

LeBron gives kids from hard streets a chance

LeBron gives kids from hard streets a chance

This year in the NBA playoffs, LeBron James silenced all the chatterers who questioned his legacy. He put his team, decimated by injuries, on his back and willed them to the NBA finals. He showed that he is the greatest basketball player in the game today. Off the court, LeBron is building an even greater […]

Racism is re-emerging and unashamed

Racism is re-emerging and unashamed

It used to be that any egregious or heinous racially motivated action or statement immediately became the subject of public scorn and ridicule.  I know that not everyone agreed with the resulting condemnation, but it was typically condemned from much of society.  In my opinion, the reason for this condemnation was PUBLIC EXPOSURE and GUILT! […]

Emmett Till’s life still matters

Emmett Till’s life still matters

Racially motivated murder of young Black Americans across the United States is not a new or rare phenomenon. For too long, this brutally fatal manifestation of the madness of American racism has persisted in the face of public horror and disgust. August 28 marked the 60th anniversary of the death of 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till, […]

It’s hard to be what you can’t see

It’s hard to be what you can’t see

Children of color are now a majority of all public school students and will soon be a majority of all children in America. Yet children’s books and the publishing industry have failed to keep up with the rainbow of our children’s faces and cultures and needs and the wide variety of their daily experiences. As […]