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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 […]

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

Republicans should focus on Blacks, not Hispanics

I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: “Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote.” […]

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Living on $35 worth of food stamps only hype

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, following the example of Phoenix, Arizona Mayor Greg Stanton, is accepting a challenge to live on a $35 food stamp budget for one week. Mr. Mayor will add to his resume of shoveling snow and rescuing a woman from a burning house this latest feat that some news reporters […]

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

Payday loans, overdraft fees are predatory products

More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics surveyed. When under-banked African-American and Latino households are combined, these two communities of color comprise more […]

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

‘Playing the numbers’ hurts the poor

I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper inside. They would have me walk up the street and give it to another lady […]