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Demanding more from ourselves

Demanding more from ourselves

Frederick Douglass’ words –  “Power concedes nothing without a demand” – have been haunting me lately, because of the pressing issues we face in today’s political world, the dire economic straits in which many of our families find themselves, and the ever-present social problems Black people deal with every day.  The key word in that […]

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

Florida’s West Africans, Gullah-Geechees acknowledged

DEREK HANKERSON GUEST COMMENTARY On Monday, May 13, The United States Department of Interior signed the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commissions (GGCHC) Management Plan. The connection to Florida is important because this year we are celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Florida and too many times we fail to acknowledge that West Africans and Gullah-Geechees […]

Racists don’t like being called racists

Racists don’t like being called racists

JULIAN BOND NNPA COLUMNIST I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra […]

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to Watergate

The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. It was also wrong to single out conservative organizations for special […]

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero?

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey: Hood or hero?

When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we had a flashback to Antoine Dodson, who became a flamboyant Internet sensation after saving his sister from […]

Black revolutionary Assata Shakur no terrorist

Black revolutionary Assata Shakur no terrorist

When the FBI announced that they were placing fugitive Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) on the list of most wanted terrorists and that they were offering an additional $1 million for her capture, it caught most of the world by complete surprise. Assata has been living quietly in exile in Cuba where she was given political […]

Mel Watt is ideal choice to lead FHFA

Mel Watt is ideal choice to lead FHFA

President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the significance of an African-American potentially leading a key financial office. Voice of reason When our nation […]

Our era of political extremism

Our era of political extremism

Last year, James Porter, the recently-elected president of the National Rifle Association, declared that President Obama was a “fake president …[whose] entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.” Earlier this month, Adam Kokesh, a failed Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona and Internet talk show host, declared he would lead a July 4 march in […]

Study: Whites still getting rich quicker than Blacks, Hispanics

Study: Whites still getting rich quicker than Blacks, Hispanics

According to a new research report, America’s racial wealth gaps will persist until public policy reforms provide every family the opportunity to build wealth.  “Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation,” from the Urban Institute’s Opportunity and Ownership project, analyzed data and trends from 1983-2010. Over these years, the average household income of Whites […]

Military expansion in Mali and Syria?

Military expansion in Mali and Syria?

The Obama administration is preparing for an expansion of U.S. military involvement into areas from which it should keep its nose clear: Syria and Mali. In both cases,we are witnessing civil wars unfold. In the case of Syria, there has been the active involvement of outside powers, including the states around the Arabian/Persian Gulf such […]