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Severing the prison-to-profits pipeline

Severing the prison-to-profits pipeline

America is addicted to incarceration. No nation holds as many people behind bars as America does, and the numbers tell it all. The United States imprisons 716 people for every 100,000 residents. That is more than any other country on this planet. Our nation has the largest prison population in the world – both in […]

Here’s why ‘Diamond’ and ‘Silk’ support Trump

Here’s why ‘Diamond’ and ‘Silk’ support Trump

On Facebook, I saw two Black women at a Trump rally expressing their support for “The Donald.” I realized that there is a certain type of emotional naiveté that I possess when it comes to our people. I assume that in light of the history of White supremacy – including indentured servitude, slavery, Jim Crow […]

Inequality is America’s most urgent problem

Inequality is America’s most urgent problem

The Harvard Gazette has released a series of
articles on inequality in America. They describe Harvard University scholars’ efforts across a range
of disciplines to identify and understand inequality and possible solutions. The first piece in the series opens: “It’s a seemingly nondescript chart, buried in a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor’s academic paper. A rectangle, divided […]

Changing our silly political ways

Changing our silly political ways

The “yo Mama!” debates in the Republican ring are really not debates. They are rap sessions, Ronald Reagan séances, and pseudo-patriotic diatribes, repeated ad nauseam by guys who swear they are the answer to our problems. The only one who has any kind of real record of having actually solved a few political problems is […]

Trump and the mess the GOP created

Trump and the mess the GOP created

Donald Trump is streaming toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, scattering the campaign wreckage of the GOP establishment – and perhaps the GOP itself – in his wake. While he’s at it, he’s vilely trashing the “old-fashioned” conventions of decency of language that once especially characterized contests for the presidency. Trump led Marco Rubio and […]

Hard choices for Ben Carson’s campaign

Hard choices for Ben Carson’s campaign

ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS NNPA COLUMNIST Dr. Ben Carson’s last-place finish in the South Carolina Republican primary (he earned 7.2 percent of the total votes cast) has given rise to speculation that he must make some difficult choices about whether or not to continue his campaign – especially after Jeb Bush, who came in slightly higher than […]

Diversity among doctors drives trust in healthcare

Diversity among doctors drives trust in healthcare

PATRICIA MARYLAND NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Black History Month gave us the opportunity to reflect on the countless examples of the contributions that African-Americans have made to build our country. By celebrating pioneers who helped shape America, we are inspired to overcome adversity and realize the positive change we, too, are capable of enacting in areas […]

Why aren’t we discussing voter suppression?

Why aren’t we discussing voter suppression?

There are many peculiar things about the 2016 election cycle, but one of them is what is not being discussed. Two items immediately jump to mind and, believe it or not, they both have to do with elections. The first is that in the state of Michigan, there have been a series of silent coups […]

What is ‘Black Constitutional Patriotism?’

What is ‘Black Constitutional Patriotism?’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “…we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” He went on to say, “I […]

Does any candidate deserve the Black vote?

Does any candidate deserve the Black vote?

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of “The New Jim Crow,” writes in The Nation magazine that Hillary Clinton does not “deserve” the Black vote. She makes a strong case. She reminds us that the Bill Clinton administration yielded a draconian crime bill and welfare “deform” (I call it “deform” instead of “reform,” because the Clinton […]