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We are not looking for Islamic enemies

We are not looking for Islamic enemies

It baffles my mind. There are threats and actual terror hits happening all over the world and we are acting in a very laissez-faire manner. Two homemade bombs exploded right in the middle of the great Boston Marathon, causing mass destruction and the death of innocent Americans. What caused this was an inappropriate protocol by […]

Learning to teach students how to learn

Learning to teach students how to learn

African-American students a-chieve at a different level than White students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African-Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African-American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric there are […]

Like cholesterol, some discrimination is good

Like cholesterol, some discrimination is good

I was on “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” last week. This is a weekly TV show that deals with Black political issues, among other things. The roundtable discussion was very lively, but I was amazed at my fellow panelists’ response to something I said. Americans somehow have this strange notion that all discrimination is bad. […]

Reparations movement should be revived

Reparations movement should be revived

Ask anyone you know and you’ll find most Americans don’t see the validity of the issue of reparations for Blacks and don’t connect the dots to see how the injustice of the past shapes everyday life in America. The father of America’s contemporary reparations movement was Ray Jenkins, who died in 2009. In the 1950s, […]

The Boston Marathon’s media frenzy

The Boston Marathon’s media frenzy

I am a certified news junkie, but even I had to step away from the oversaturated media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Anyone who has covered crimes on a smaller scale than the twin explosions in Boston knows that investigators don’t have instant answers for everything and it’s ridiculous to think that in a […]

Black leaders have sold out

Black leaders have sold out

Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S.  Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve gotten nothing in return. At least Judas Iscariot had sense enough to get 30 pieces of […]

Student loan borrowers need enforcement and repayment flexibility

Student loan borrowers need enforcement and repayment flexibility

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asked for public comments on private student loan debt affordability. By the April 8 deadline, more than 4,300 organizations and consumers answered. The volume of these requests suggests that the more than $1 trillion of debt already incurred by student loans is on the minds of […]

Fight to protect kids from guns not over

Fight to protect kids from guns not over

The United States Senate’s failure to pass common sense gun safety measures – the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible — is a moral failure of […]

‘42’ a compelling history lesson

‘42’ a compelling history lesson

You could say “42,” the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. “42” is not just a baseball story. It’s a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a […]

Roland Martin out at CNN, still on TV One

Roland Martin out at CNN, still on TV One

CNN contributor Roland Martin, who departed the network on April 6, has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2013 Journalist of the Year. In today’s American media, there are a number of Black faces on the screen as anchors, pundits, and hosts. But none represented the views and interests of Blacks as […]