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End the ‘War on Drugs’ now

End the ‘War on Drugs’ now

RON DANIELS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped to the podium of the Riverside Church in New York to vigorously proclaim his opposition to the War in Vietnam. It was one of the most powerful orations among numerous remarkable speeches delivered during his brief but extraordinary life. In […]

Supreme Court determined to kill affirmative action

Supreme Court determined to kill affirmative action

A decade after carefully ruling in two University of Michigan cases – striking down the undergraduate admissions procedures and upholding those implemented by the law school – the U.S. Supreme Court seems on course to strike down even the mildest form of affirmative action admissions in higher education. After oral arguments in a case brought […]

The 1963 March on Washington, Black labor

The 1963 March on Washington, Black labor

August 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Publicly associated with Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. to demand freedom and jobs.   Initiated by Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters President A. Philip Randolph, this became a joint project with […]

Republicans have learned a lesson

Republicans have learned a lesson

Several of my readers have questioned why I am writing positive articles about my Republican Party. The simple answer is that they deserve it.  In the past, I have been very critical of my party because they have ignored the Black community, disrespected our current president with incendiary language, and strayed away from our core […]

White media masquerading as Black

White media masquerading as Black

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, released his long awaited report last week called the Growth and Opportunity Project. It is basically a post mortem of last November’s election results and lessons learned. The report stated the obvious: The Republican Party had problems with key demographic groups such as Blacks and Hispanics. To […]

Black leaders fail to hold Obama accountable

Black leaders fail to hold Obama accountable

How many African-Americans know that the president of the United States (POTUS) recently met with their leaders? How many among the African-American population know what the meeting agenda entailed, who was there, and what was accomplished at, or subsequent to it, regarding our plight and problems? Late Black History Month 2013, the POTUS had Blacks […]

Banks continue to peddle payday loans to Blacks disproportionately

Banks continue to peddle payday loans to Blacks disproportionately

In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. In its latest report on bank payday lending, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) found that although participating banks claim that their payday loan products are only for short-term emergencies […]

Race, Venezuela and legacy of Hugo Chavez

Race, Venezuela and legacy of Hugo Chavez

In January 2004, as the president of TransAfrica Forum, I had the honor of leading the first African-American delegation to meet with the leaders of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. It was important for us to conduct this visit in order to better understand what was transpiring but also to get a better sense of race, the […]

Southern governor breaks with the past

Southern governor breaks with the past

There are some painful things from my childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., that I will never forget. At the top of the list is Gov. George C. Wallace’s June 11, 1963 “Stand in the School House Door” at the University of Alabama. I had just completed my sophomore year at Druid High School when Wallace […]

Being moral only when it’s convenient

Being moral only when it’s convenient

As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he changed his position because his son told him that he was homosexual. Typically, I would not […]