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Good, bad news in latest job numbers

Good, bad news in latest job numbers

The unemployment rate rose just a bit in May, an indicator that Wall Street and Main Street are celebrating because that means more people are looking for work and that more people are optimistic. However, two major media polls show widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo, with majority support for an increased minimum wage, for […]

Better pay comes when we demand it

Better pay comes when we demand it

Los Angeles just voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The nation’s second-biggest city joins Seattle, San Francisco and little Emeryville, Calif., in forging the way to a decent minimum. Similar measures are now being considered in New York City, Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. Facebook is now paying […]

Mississippi still stuck in the past

Mississippi still stuck in the past

I believe that if given a word association test asking which American state first came to mind when accounting for the worst consequences to African-Americans, many people would immediately blurt out, “Mississippi.” Arguably, in the history of American race relations, no other state commands the reputation for racial brutality, violence and mayhem that Mississippi does. When […]

Why Black America needs baseball

Why Black America needs baseball

A video of Chris Rock has made the rounds in which he offers a critique of Major League baseball and its relationship to Black America. The monologue is funny, sad and very profound. He attempts to explain the distance that has emerged between Black America and a sport that it actually helped to build. I […]

Blacks must be part of energy debate

Blacks must be part of energy debate

MATTHEW C. WHITAKER NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that income disparities among different ethnic groups in the U.S. remain pronounced. Median weekly earnings for Black males are just 75.6 percent of the median for White males, and Black females’ earnings were 82.3 percent of the median for White […]

America’s true crime problem

America’s true crime problem

Ponder these words about Black Americans and the criminal justice system: “There is too much crime and too little justice in the lives of Black Americans today. But while the problem of crime is widely shared in the United States, the problem of injustice is not.” And these words: “It is a paradox that Black […]

Justice is not blind

Justice is not blind

When racist attitudes are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African-Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.” Soledad O’Brien documented some of these attitudes in her most recent “Black In America” series. Included was an interview with a young Black man […]

Blacks must join the economy discussion

Blacks must join the economy discussion

A polling of Black America about the current ‘recovery’ of the economy of the United States would produce a dramatically different set of responses from the polling results of White America. That is because the vast economic inequality between Blacks and Whites in the U.S. today appears to be escalating. According the latest government statistics, the […]

The Educational Equity and Excellence Project

The Educational Equity and Excellence Project

All across the country, people are gathering to observe an annual academic rite of passage: graduation. Family and friends will dutifully take their seats in auditoriums and open fields around the nation and proudly look on as their loved ones walk across stages to receive their diplomas or degrees and, finally, turn the tassel on […]

Neglecting America’s infrastructure is ‘stupid’

Neglecting America’s infrastructure is ‘stupid’

When an Amtrak train derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation’s fraying infrastructure was at least partly responsible for the deaths of eight people and the injuries to more than 200. Still, House Republicans voted to reduce President Obama’s request for Amtrak funding from $2.45 billion to $1.14 […]