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Credit check can be barrier to job or promotion

Credit check can be barrier to job or promotion

As Black America continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, a new research report by Demos, a public policy organization titled, “Discredited: How employment credit checks keep qualified workers out of a job,’’ unveils how the use of credit history in employment decisions is often leaving people of color in the unemployment lines. Among employers […]

Trayvon Martin: One year later

Trayvon Martin: One year later

“We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin A year has passed since that awful day last Feb. 26 when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed […]

Gun violence a bigger problem for White Americans

Gun violence a bigger problem for White Americans

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote those words in his April 1963 Letter from a Birmingham jail in the same passage with his well-known warning that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to […]

Time to stop appeasing Israel

Time to stop appeasing Israel

When I saw in the news that Vice President Biden had gone out of his way to assure the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that the Obama administration was completely serious about military action against Iran if Iran moves forward with its alleged nuclear ambitions, I became sick. AIPAC is the most prominent anti-Palestinian […]

Future of our democracy at stake

Future of our democracy at stake

EDDIE BENICE JOHNSON AND GARY BLEDSOE NNPA COLUMNISTS The two of us sat in utter shock and disbelief as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, with a simply bizarre oral utterance, insulted an entire race of people, particularly those who have given their lives so that all citizens in this country can […]

More wealthy Black people than you know

More wealthy Black people than you know

Who is the first Black person that comes to your mind when you think of wealth? Probably 99 out of 100 of us think of Oprah Winfrey, followed by Bob Johnson and his ex-wife, Sheila Johnson, and then on down the line with the likes of Michael Jordan, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Tiger Woods. Let’s […]

Bush officials still denying trillion dollar lie

Bush officials still denying trillion dollar lie

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all […]

An apology to Jesse Jackson Sr.

An apology to Jesse Jackson Sr.

It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one of the biggest losers of that year. Here is what I said: “His past […]

Ending violence against women

Ending violence against women

March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon. What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) is that too many of us think that those are the only legitimate times of the year to discuss the issues affecting these respective groups. In […]

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among the delegates at the Constitutional Convention that produced the infamous three-fifths clause of the Constitution was […]