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Justice is not blind

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 to be the targets of “blind justice.” Soledad O’Brien documented some of these attitudes in her most recent “Black In America” series. Included was an interview with a young Black man […]

Blacks must join the economy discussion

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 from the polling results of White America. That is because the vast economic inequality between Blacks and Whites in the U.S. today appears to be escalating. According the latest government statistics, the […]

The Educational Equity and Excellence Project

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 auditoriums and open fields around the nation and proudly look on as their loved ones walk across stages to receive their diplomas or degrees and, finally, turn the tassel on […]

Neglecting America’s infrastructure is ‘stupid’

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 responsible for the deaths of eight people and the injuries to more than 200. Still, House Republicans voted to reduce President Obama’s request for Amtrak funding from $2.45 billion to $1.14 […]

Getting foster kids off prescription drugs

Getting foster kids off prescription drugs

Viewers of the ABC News program 20/20 may remember Ke’onte Cook, a 10-year-old who had already spent four years in foster care being treated with a dozen different medications for conditions including seizures, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Ke’onte had never been diagnosed with the conditions some of the medications were meant to treat. Under his […]

Politicizing donations to the Clinton Foundation

Politicizing donations to the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation was established to address such issues as climate change, global health, economic development, health and wellness and problems involving women and girls. In a crass effort to derail Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign bid, major Republican figures and Fox News are peddling the idea that there is something inherently wrong with supporting […]

The case for student loan debt forgiveness

The case for student loan debt forgiveness

By the time you read this article, millions of college students will have graduated and be looking for jobs, many will be going on to grad school and millions will suddenly be faced with paying off college loans or contemplating obtaining a loan for graduate studies. Neither option is attractive. Even if students are fortunate […]

First lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

First lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University. My first thought was: Why is George sending me this? For some reason, I stopped everything to […]

The scars of Vietnam

The scars of Vietnam

As a baby-boomer who grew up on war movies, I thought of veterans as various forms of heroes. I knew that in going to war some soldiers died; some were wounded; others came home…and that, I thought, was that. While I vehemently opposed the U.S. war of aggression against Vietnam, for many years I did […]

A message for the class of 2015

A message for the class of 2015

“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. / It’s had tacks in it, /And splinters, / And boards torn up, / And places with no carpet on the floor — Bare. / But all the time / I’se been a-climbin’ on, / And reachin’ landin’s, / And turnin’ corners, / And sometimes goin’ in […]