Home » Archives by category » OPINION (Page 4)
Don’t be fooled by Trump’s attack on Bush 43

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s attack on Bush 43

Something weird happened on February 13 at the Republican debate in South Carolina. Donald Trump went after Jeb Bush over the record of his brother, former President George W. Bush. Trump attacked George W. Bush for the invasion of Iraq and for providing insufficient security for the U.S.A., as represented by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. […]

The Republican primary’s poisonous legacy 

The Republican primary’s poisonous legacy 

With last week’s primary in New Hampshire, this year’s momentous presidential contest has now begun in earnest. At last, the political world has actual votes in actual ballot boxes to focus on. But looming behind all the critical issues of policy and process that are – and are not – going to be discussed is […]

We continue to play decisive roles?

We continue to play decisive roles?

I listen to the news about the 2016 presidential election religiously. What amazes me is that so many have just discovered that Blacks and Latinos will play such a decisive role in the 2016 election.  Didn’t we do that in 2008, 2012 and many other elections? Okay, so Blacks and Latinos know how to vote […]

Maurice White, American music’s ‘shining star,’ is gone

Maurice White, American music’s ‘shining star,’ is gone

Every man has a place In his heart there’s a space And the world can’t erase his fantasies Take a ride in the sky On our ship, fantasize All your dreams will come true right away And we will live together Until the twelfth of never Our voices will ring forever, as one – “Fantasy,” […]

Black quarterbacks held to a different standard 

Black quarterbacks held to a different standard 

In an error-filled game in which neither star quarterback played particularly well, Cam Newton’s team lost Sunday to the Denver Broncos 24-10. Even so, he had a stellar season by all accounts. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro and received 48 of the 50 votes cast for league MVP. The undisputed leader of his […]

Leading the march toward criminal justice

Leading the march toward criminal justice

Bryan Stevenson’s inspiring and best-selling book “Just Mercy” shares some of the fruits of his lifelong fight to push our nation closer to true justice. In 2012, Stevenson won the landmark United States Supreme Court case Miller v. Alabama, banning mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for children 17-years-old and younger. Until then, […]

Black dollars don’t make sense 

Black dollars don’t make sense 

Bernie Sanders raised $20 million with the average donation being just $27.  What is wrong with Black folks? For decades, conscious Black leaders have cajoled, encouraged, admonished, and begged us to raise money among ourselves, a small amount from a lot of people the way Marcus Garvey did – which we love to brag about […]

Flint’s man-made tragedy

Flint’s man-made tragedy

“It’s all just poison now,” Annette Williams, a grandmother of three in Flint, Mich., told a reporter while gazing at the Flint River, which she could see from her home. That’s the river whose water, flowing through the city’s aging, corroded pipes, has for the past two years subjected her family and apparently many of […]

Flint’s water crisis and the GOP’s class war 

Flint’s water crisis and the GOP’s class war 

Why did Flint suffer a water catastrophe that now requires that children be treated as if they had been poisoned? It wasn’t because the people were negligent. From the moment Flint began taking its water from the polluted Flint River, residents warned about water that came out of the faucet brown, tasted foul and smelled […]

Standing on sacred ground

Standing on sacred ground

Three unarmed Black men encountered a group of White men walking down a dirt road in Slocum, Texas on July 29, 1910. Without warning, and with no reason, the White men opened fire on the Black men. And for two days White men simply slaughtered Black people. Eight deaths have been officially acknowledged, but historians […]