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Blacks disproportionately depend on Social Security

Blacks disproportionately depend on Social Security

Feuding Democrats and Republicans did not plunge the country over a financial cliff, but a lively debate will continue in coming months over the role the federal government should play in the lives of its citizens. In one corner are Republicans who contend that federal spending has run amuck – and it should be slashed. […]

Re-elected Black politicians do little for other Blacks

Re-elected Black politicians do little for other Blacks

Again this year, African-Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. In 2012, Blacks continued to display dysfunctional political behavior. Instead of seeking and supporting candidates and platforms to improve the financial status and wealth-building through private and public sector programs, […]

Typical American household has only $100 after monthly expenses

Typical American household has only $100 after monthly expenses

According to findings from the Center for Responsible Lending’s newest report, “The State of Lending in America and Its Impact on US Households (State of Lending),” the typical household has just $100 left each month after paying for basic expenses and debt payments. After controlling for inflation, the typical household had less annual income at […]

It’s time to legalize all drugs

It’s time to legalize all drugs

The old British Empire was the founder and leader of the drug trade. This government saw the drug trade, particularly Opium, as a good means to increase its treasury and promote the overall economy to benefit its citizens with jobs and industry. The English would grow and cultivate the opium crops in India and then […]

No reason to celebrate S.C. first Black U.S. senator

No reason to celebrate S.C. first Black U.S. senator

The polite side of me congratulates Tim Scott on being named senator for the state of South Carolina.  Alright, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. The appointment of Scott was a move that reminded me of the Republican choice to head the Republican National Committee – Michael […]

Black leadership or pleadership?

Black leadership or pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? […]

Black to the future

Black to the future

I was recently in South Africa for a conference. While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian but a South African, was very friendly. We started up a conversation during which he asked […]

Our children deserve better

Our children deserve better

Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. Brown v. Board of Education built a launching pad for education in the 21st century by removing barriers to equality and opening doors to opportunity. African-Americans gained the confidence that their children, and generations of children to come, would indeed have access […]

The real ‘first Black president’

The real ‘first Black president’

“Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president … and more than a single individual.” – Barack Obama Barack Obama became America’s first Black president in 2009. Nelson Rohihlahia Mandela preceded Obama to the top of his government, […]

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

Occupation of Palestine compared to South African apartheid

  BILL FLETCHER AND ANGELA M. GILLIAM NNPA COLUMNISTS We, as African-Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza. Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to the occupation. While most of the mainstream media immediately jumped to […]