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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 […]

Clarence Thomas’ deep-seated jealousy of Obama

Clarence Thomas’ deep-seated jealousy of Obama

For someone who seems to revel in being silent during the Supreme Court’s traditionally lively oral arguments – when a public display of his professional competence would be appropriate – Clarence Thomas’s out-of-court comments are extraordinarily revealing. They show a man whose exalted position has brought him no inner peace, a man who continues to […]

Republicans have some reaching to do

Republicans have some reaching to do

“Brighter days are ahead. The check is in the mail.” That is what the Republicans seem to be saying after they released their “Growth and Opportunity Project” report in March. Six months after Republicans took a drubbing in the 2012 elections, GOP National Committee Chair Reince Priebus announced a $10 million outreach program to seek […]

We are not looking for Islamic enemies

We are not looking for Islamic enemies

It baffles my mind. There are threats and actual terror hits happening all over the world and we are acting in a very laissez-faire manner. Two homemade bombs exploded right in the middle of the great Boston Marathon, causing mass destruction and the death of innocent Americans. What caused this was an inappropriate protocol by […]

Learning to teach students how to learn

Learning to teach students how to learn

African-American students a-chieve at a different level than White students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African-Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African-American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric there are […]

Like cholesterol, some discrimination is good

Like cholesterol, some discrimination is good

I was on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” last week. This is a weekly TV show that deals with Black political issues, among other things. The roundtable discussion was very lively, but I was amazed at my fellow panelists’ response to something I said. Americans somehow have this strange notion that all discrimination is bad. […]

Reparations movement should be revived

Reparations movement should be revived

Ask anyone you know and you’ll find most Americans don’t see the validity of the issue of reparations for Blacks and don’t connect the dots to see how the injustice of the past shapes everyday life in America. The father of America’s contemporary reparations movement was Ray Jenkins, who died in 2009. In the 1950s, […]