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Voter ID laws: ‘Democracy turned upside down’

Voter ID laws: ‘Democracy turned upside down’

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month let stand the state of Texas’ latest attempt to use the old tactics of the Jim Crow era and rig state and national elections in favor of the Republican Party by denying Black and Hispanic voters access to the ballot. The refusal of the court’s conservative majority to […]

Black by popular demand

Black by popular demand

The Black vote is said to be the determining factor in whether the Democrats hold the U.S. Senate. President Obama is on Black radio shows, and of course “Little” Al’s TV show, giving us the rundown on how important our turnout is to next month’s election. The Dems and Repubs are outwardly admitting that the […]

The rise and fall of voter ID laws

The rise and fall of voter ID laws

“The Court holds that SB 14 creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose. The Court further holds that SB 14 constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax.” — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in striking down the […]

US trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

US trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day. The U.S. ranks 120th with a […]

Voting for the party or the person?

Voting for the party or the person?

We say we have “voting power,” but we have settled merely for the “power to vote.” We fight for the “right to vote” but we fail to “vote right.” Voting is a means to gain political power, not an end that simply allows one to participate in the act. As true as those statements are […]

Democrats bash Obama yet want Black vote

Democrats bash Obama yet want Black vote

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes? Why should Black voters be motivated to turn out after months of watching Democrats bash the president? What exactly is the […]

Republicans still earn ‘F’ on civil rights

Republicans still earn ‘F’ on civil rights

The Leadership Conference of Civil Rights (LCCR), a coalition of more than 200 human rights groups, has issued a new congressional report card that reaches the same conclusion that similar analyses by the NAACP has reached in recent years: When it comes to issues important to the civil rights community, every Republican in the House […]

Banks are now robbing people

Banks are now robbing people

Remember the old movies where the outlaws robbed banks for a living, or the gangsters did “bank jobs” as they moved from town to town?  Noted bank robber, Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have responded to the question, “Why do you rob banks?” by replying, “Because that’s where the money is.”  Indeed, banks […]

What about our girls?

What about our girls?

During the most critical period of Jessica’s childhood, adults who could have intervened to protect her from abuse let her down over and over. As a child, she was sexually abused in her home and ended up living with her grandmother for a time. At age 11 she became a victim to child sex trafficking […]

President Obama’s mixed record

President Obama’s mixed record

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist Obstruction by congressional Republicans has been a major obstacle for President Obama for four of his six years in office. But the fact is, specific groups who supported him have won policy victories even in the face of that obstruction. Meanwhile, as 94 percent of African American voters supported President […]