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How Americans lost faith and found Trump

How Americans lost faith and found Trump

Professor Deva Woodly teaches political science at the New School for Social Research in New York. During a recent talk, she shared that trust in our nation’s institutions is at an all-time low. That is, perhaps, why that man who currently holds the title of president-elect could prevail over someone far more qualified in the […]

The will of the people is denied

The will of the people is denied

As I write this opinion, Hillary Clinton’s vote total leads Donald Trump by over 2 million votes! These popular votes reflect the will of individual voters and establish a majority of voters who favored her over Trump. Despite that majority, barring an event of monumental proportions, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president […]

Chicago murder No. 673 is special

Chicago murder No. 673 is special

It was Nov. 19, another Saturday night in Chicago, Ill.  That means one thing is certain: people would be murdered. Strict gun possession laws don’t matter to “Chi-Town.” From sundown Friday to sunrise Monday, there are dozens of assaults leading to murder, manslaughter and miscellaneous savagery. The family and friends of No.  673 was in […]

What can we learn about Kanye West’s meltdown?

What can we learn about Kanye West’s meltdown?

Kanye West is melting down. He didn’t perform to expectations at two concert dates, declaring at one that he would have voted for Donald Trump for president – and generating boos. In a subsequent concert, he performed just a couple of songs before abruptly ending his performance. Days later, he was hospitalized in a “psychiatric […]

Taking an uncommon approach

Taking an uncommon approach

Jane Elliott is not commonly known in American households. She holds no fame among the elites, nor does she command any known political clout. She is small in stature. She doesn’t boast of great wealth. Seeing her one would probably think of her as being non-threatening – even grandmotherly. Her appearance, however, belies her nature. […]

How to make democracy more democratic

How to make democracy more democratic

When the United States of America was born, emphasis was far greater on “States” than “United.” Citizens of the newly-formed nation identified first and foremost as “Pennsylvanians” or “Georgians,” for example, and as “Americans” only as a distant second. Our method for selecting a chief executive originally was devised to serve interests of each state, […]

Bible lessons, then and now

Bible lessons, then and now

We are too emotionally engaged in politics. As many grieve and after what took place Nov. 8, the undeniable and inescapable question is, “What now?” In the early chapters of Exodus, we find that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart against releasing His people. After multiple plagues, Pharaoh still resisted. God told him, “But I have raised […]

Will Republicans prevail in 2018?

Will Republicans prevail in 2018?

juliThe apprehension that I felt upon Donald Trump’s victory has only increased as he has announced the appointments of his chief of staff, strategist, and Cabinet members. As of this writing, he has mainly announced the selection of older white men, including racist Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, to lead the Justice Department. The senator’s use […]

Don’t be complacent in the face of hate

Don’t be complacent in the face of hate

The day after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president, a group of middle school students in Royal Oak, Mich., chanted, “Build the wall!” in their school cafeteria during lunchtime – a core Trump campaign slogan and promise to secure our nation’s border with Mexico. On Nov. 9, Minnesota high school officials discovered racist graffiti […]

Black America’s resilience will keep us struggling forward

Black America’s resilience will keep us struggling forward

Nobody said that the road to freedom, justice and equality would be easy. In the wake of the results of the national elections across the United States, it is crystal-clear that the aspirations, hopes and dreams of 47 million Black Americans are neither in vain or hopeless. We have been disappointed before. We have been […]