Good, bad news in latest job numbers

The unemployment rate rose just a bit in May, an indicator that Wall Street and Main Street are celebrating because that means more people...

Better pay comes when we demand it

Los Angeles just voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The nation’s second-biggest city joins Seattle, San Francisco and...

Mississippi still stuck in the past

I believe that if given a word association test asking which American state first came to mind when accounting for the worst consequences to...

Why Black America needs baseball

A video of Chris Rock has made the rounds in which he offers a critique of Major League baseball and its relationship to Black...

Blacks must be part of energy debate

MATTHEW C. WHITAKER NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that income disparities among different ethnic groups in the U.S. remain...

America’s true crime problem

Ponder these words about Black Americans and the criminal justice system: “There is too much crime and too little justice in the lives of...

Justice is not blind

When racist attitudes are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African-Americans more likely...

Blacks must join the economy discussion

A polling of Black America about the current ‘recovery’ of the economy of the United States would produce a dramatically different set of responses...

The Educational Equity and Excellence Project

All across the country, people are gathering to observe an annual academic rite of passage: graduation. Family and friends will dutifully take their seats in...

Neglecting America’s infrastructure is ‘stupid’

When an Amtrak train derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation’s fraying infrastructure was at least partly...

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