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How deep is corruption?

How deep is corruption?

I have seen examples of corruption throughout my life. Some are pretty much like the Coca-Cola driver peddling hot drinks throughout my old neighborhood. How about the time when one of my football coaches offered cash under the table for us if we made major hits, touchdowns, interceptions, etc.? I have seen it all. Some […]

Teddy bears, toy guns, and real runs

Teddy bears, toy guns, and real runs

Imagine your kindergartner is visiting a new friend’s house. During the hour they are running around together, they’ll pick up and play with all three of the following things, but only two of them have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for safety standards. Which one do you want to be sure […]

White NFL player saying ‘nigger’ stirs debate

White NFL player saying ‘nigger’ stirs debate

I typically don’t write about professional athletes doing stupid things because I have absolutely no interest and it serves no purpose. But Riley Cooper’s actions from last month can be very instructive and deserves my attention. Riley Cooper is about to begin his fourth season as a wide receiver with Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. […]

Boycott Florida: An idea whose time has come

Boycott Florida: An idea whose time has come

DR. RON DANIELS VANTAGE POINT In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the “Stand Your Ground Law” that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. There are times when there is […]

Let’s rebuild the Motor City

Let’s rebuild the Motor City

It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City, a city I know well. White, Black flight Year after year and decade after decade, the businesses, White middle class and then Black middle class, left for the suburbs or beyond. The declining tax base, increasing crime rate, blight […]

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

Student loan ‘solution’ not good enough

The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double. There have been weeks of back and forth, but now Senators says they will tie student loan rates to the federal funds rate, which means that in the short-run the lowest student loan rates will be 3.86 percent, up […]

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Focus on poverty, not the middle class

Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. The idea of organizing a Poor People’s Campaign was discussed during a Nov. 27-31, 1967 Southern Christian Leadership […]

Finally, the Barack Obama I voted for

Finally, the Barack Obama I voted for

For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him to Christianity. But President Obama has been a different story. Obama’s first […]

Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

JOHN LEWIS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Rep. John Lewis’ testimony July 17, 2013 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Shelby v. Holder case that invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since first being elected to Congress, Congressman Sensenbrenner has been a tireless […]

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa. Mandela’s insistence and persistence for freedom for Black South Africans, which included a 27-year jail […]