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Is the Obama administration hurting minority businesses?

Is the Obama administration hurting minority businesses?

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  It was started during the Richard Nixon administration. President Nixon gave a lot of attention to minority affairs. Along with this, he allowed Arthur A. Fletcher to implement Affirmative Action.  The president was proud of this new agency and adequately […]

Waters’ name smeared because of partisan politics

Waters’ name smeared because of partisan politics

The headlines proclaim that Rep. Maxine Waters, the outspoken Democrat from California, has been cleared of charges that she violated House ethics by advocating on behalf of a Black bank in which her husband held a substantial investment. The real story, however, is that Waters case serves as Exhibit A for how a Black elected […]

Why Romney won’t win

Why Romney won’t win

With the upcoming presidential election only a month away, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to interpret a lot of the things going on with this election. I have received many calls from people asking about all the polls that show President Obama leading Mitt Romney. I am not a big believer […]

Is South Africa returning to apartheid under Black rule?

Is South Africa returning to apartheid under Black rule?

It has taken me a long time to come to grips with the Aug. 16 murders of the South African miners at the Marikana mine. Thirty-four workers were killed by the police during a demonstration in which the workers were demanding an improvement in their pay and working conditions. The police alleged that the demonstrating […]

Uniting descendants of Africa

Uniting descendants of Africa

All research, educated conclusions, anthropological findings and biblical writings cite the continent of Africa as the beginning of mankind. It is the venue of mathematics, construction management, architecture, medicine, and most importantly, civilization. No continent has gone through as much exploitation, invasion, colonialization, slavery, dictatorships and pilferage of natural resources as Africa. Yet, still it […]

Diversity has replaced Jim Crow around the world

Diversity has replaced Jim Crow around the world

We have come a long way in diversity management.  This is really a fancy name for affirmative action, which was introduced by my mentor, Arthur A. Fletcher, under the Nixon administration. Legislated discrimination Jim Crow, which was legislated discrimination, seems so long ago.  Actually, it has been only two generations since the very bad days.  […]

Undocumented and unafraid

Undocumented and unafraid

Carlos Amador emigrated with his family from Mexico in 1999 at age 14. He lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for almost 13 years until he recently received conditional permanent residency. Higher education for someone like him seemed like an impossible dream when Carlos finished high school. But he was determined to […]

Islam, Israel and the First Amendment

Islam, Israel and the First Amendment

The response in the Muslim World to the display of the anti-Muslim video mocking the Prophet Muhammad stunned many people in the United States of America. The brutal murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff in Libya, blamed on the anger over the display of the video, now appear to have been a premeditated […]

Winds of change must blow through Daytona

Winds of change must blow through Daytona

THE DAYTONA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD The future of the city is in the hands of those who are registered to vote on Nov. 6. It will be the Black vote that makes the difference. Currently there are more than 12,000 Black voters registered to vote in this city of 60,000. A little more than 20,000 […]

Perception becomes reality when people labeled

Perception becomes reality when people labeled

DR. WILLIE J. KIMMONS READER COMMENTARY This is in response to an hour interview I had with Mr. Andrew Gant, a 28 year-old, White male staff writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The interview was centered on voters’ absentee ballots and the matching of individuals’ signatures. Mr. Gant’s perception of me was simply that I […]