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Obama budget breaks Social Security pledge

Obama budget breaks Social Security pledge

Even before President Obama released his budget proposal this week for the next fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, preliminary details about his plan to effectively cut Social Security cost of living increases has caused a firestorm among supporters who now feel betrayed. Under the plan, Obama would shift the way federal benefits are indexed […]

New approach needed to dismantle street gangs

New approach needed to dismantle street gangs

During my research on street gangs, one thing became clear: They are the primary source for drug distribution.  The crimes conducted by these street gangs on a daily basis also include murder, bribery, extortion, robbery, carjacking, prostitution, human trafficking, and money laundering. Some gangs concentrate on some of these crimes but all of them have […]

African leaders avoid US Blacks

African leaders avoid US Blacks

Two weeks ago, President Obama met with three African presidents—Koroma (Sierra Leone), Sall (Senegal), Banda (Malawi), and Prime Minister of Cape Verde Jose Maria Pereira Neves. This was the White House’s way of rewarding these leaders for their examples of good governance.  Receiving an invitation to the White House is one of the most sought […]

Everyone’s hopping on the gay rights bandwagon

Everyone’s hopping on the gay rights bandwagon

You can call it the “bandwagon effect,” or “political opportunism,” or, the “wake-up-call effect,” or, less cynically, an old American tradition. Whatever you call it, in the last month it seems everybody and their momma in the political arena has been expressing support for gay rights and same-sex marriage. The support has come from opposite […]

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 […]