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Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed Black men

Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African-American – and trying to cover it up – they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense. This is particularly true in the […]

Marching to the ballot box

Marching to the ballot box

It is inaccurate for newscasters to say, “In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored.” Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is the presence of equality, empowerment and justice. The truth is that across the United States of America, […]

The killing of Black men continues

The killing of Black men continues

DR. RON DANIELS TRICEEDNEYWIRE When will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Mo., coming on the heels of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman’s choke hold in Staten Island, N.Y. is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long […]

Profiting from the grief in Ferguson

Profiting from the grief in Ferguson

CHRIS B. BENNETT SPECIAL TO THE NNPA We are all outraged by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. People all across the country have taken to the streets, social media and many other forms of protest to show their outrage. The one question that I have as I watch video accounts of […]

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room

LINDA SMITH GUEST COLUMNIST The recent incident in Ferguson, Missouri has once again brought the issue of race and police brutality to the forefront.  It highlights the fear and devaluation of young Black men in America and what “profile” police have arbitrarily assigned to them – animalistic and barbaric; thug, dumb, etc. Regardless of age, […]

Do’s and don’ts of charge-off debts

Do’s and don’ts of charge-off debts

With 19 of the nation’s banks annually selling $37 billion in charged-off debts, the absence of clear guidelines for banks and debt collectors has led to many consumers facing lawsuits, harassing telephone calls and threats over debts that they may not even owe. Even worse, debt collectors have coerced or sued the wrong people, overstated […]

Do we perpetuate Black stereotypes?

Do we perpetuate Black stereotypes?

Many African-Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male. […]

Ending the payday lending debt trap

Ending the payday lending debt trap

In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention. From prosecutors filing criminal charges, to grassroots activists gathering support for strong federal rules, and cable television personalities poking fun, the multi-billion dollar payday […]

Dogs get more respect than Michael Brown

Dogs get more respect than Michael Brown

It doesn’t matter if you are state legislator or an alderman, a journalist or a local leader. If you are in Ferguson, Mo., you won’t get any respect. You can be the uncle of a victim whose body was left to lie on the street for several hours and you will not be allowed to […]

Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

The disjointed, gap-laden manner in which Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death – all the while alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store a short time before their encounter – should convince any thinking person that that community’s White power […]