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Conventional political wisdom

Conventional political wisdom

Now that both national party conventions have ended, it’s time to reflect.  Most of the analysis you have seen or heard has been pretty much what was expected.  Most of the political pundits live in an echo chamber—they all talk with each other and travel in similar social circles. I found very little fresh, insightful analysis. […]

Memorable quotes from the Democratic Convention

Memorable quotes from the Democratic Convention

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.): “Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation.  This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.” Newark Mayor Cory […]

Holding on at the Center of Hope

Holding on at the Center of Hope

Every 29 seconds, a child is born into poverty in America. Every 29 seconds; 124 children every hour. Children such as 10-year-old Tyler, 5-year-old Keiris, and 4-year-old Jerimiah, who live with their mother, Christina Wyatt, 24, in Middletown, Ohio. In the summer of 2011, the family moved into the Center of Hope for Women and […]

Glossing over the truth about our history

Glossing over the truth about our history

When Khalil Muhammad speaks, people listen. He is a scholar, historian, and the director of the New York Public Library’s renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muhammad knows a lot about the importance of being mindful of learning from history. When he spoke about equality of opportunity to 1,800 young leaders at a […]

Who built what?

Who built what?

The Republican National Convention’s theme was, “We Built This.”  One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work. That’s only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with $2 million […]

White racism in a green jacket

White racism in a green jacket

Condoleezza Rice has a book titled: “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.’’ The question is “how high an honor” does the former secretary of state consider her invitation for membership in the Augusta National Golf Club? Racism has always been a major issue in the United States. Formal racial discrimination was largely […]

Obama needs to project more than ‘Hope’

Obama needs to project more than ‘Hope’

The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week is to highlight the sharp contrast between the policies of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent. Republicans concluded their national convention in Tampa and for the first time in 60 years, the GOP nominee didn’t make the argument that […]

The domino effect of student debt

The domino effect of student debt

When this year’s student debt burden surpassed the $1 trillion mark, it became even larger than the amount of debt held on credit cards. New findings now conclude that heavy student loan debt delays the ability of young graduates to buy a home and in the worst scenarios, strips Social Security benefits and even disability […]

The ‘Politricks’ of White supremacy

The ‘Politricks’ of White supremacy

The 2012 political season is in full throttle toward the November 6h national elections. The Democrats and the Republicans have determined their respective national standard bearers and delineated their issue platforms and public policy agenda and priorities. Black Americans, Latino Americans, and millions of other Americans who are eligible and registered to vote will determine […]

Fear, threats intimidation won’t work this time

Fear, threats intimidation won’t work this time

DR. WILLIE J. KIMMONS READER COMMENTARY This is a response to the recent attacks on mayoral candidate Mr. Derrick Henry’s campaign. It is obvious to me that some segments of our great city are awfully afraid of change and will do anything to distract, distort, divert and use fear tactics to try and sway voters […]