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Ohio bus tour encourages voting

Ohio bus tour encourages voting

When overall Black voting rates reached parity with White rates in 2012, many state lawmakers wasted no time passing new discriminatory voter suppression restrictions aimed at driving down Black voter turnout. The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, opened the door for […]

What Obama can do to help Blacks as his term ends

What Obama can do to help Blacks as his term ends

The countdown to President Obama’s last one hundred days began on October 13. Already, the president has committed to spending his waning days in office by campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Indeed, he has put his legacy on the line, telling Black people at his last Congressional Black Caucus dinner that he will be personally insulted […]

Black families still denied access to home loans

Black families still denied access to home loans

In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America’s “inner cities.” Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to Blacks and Latinos. According to Richard Rothstein, a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute, the inner city experience does not encompass all of Black America. […]

We must fight efforts to suppress Black votes

We must fight efforts to suppress Black votes

In all democracies, the right to vote is fundamental to the legitimacy of an elected government chosen by the participatory action and will of the people eligible to vote. For 47 million Black Americans, the right to vote is a sacred responsibility without the fear of reprisal, retribution or repression. This year’s national elections in […]

Exercise your right: Go vote!

Exercise your right: Go vote!

In less than a month, the nation will conclude what is likely to be remembered as one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in modern history. The campaign has been fraught with racially divisive rhetoric as the nation continues to struggle with issues of racial hostility and social inequity, as demonstrated by the wave of […]

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part 2

Professional sports revolutionized our local economies.  Some of our basketball and football stars would evolve into corporate and political leaders and successful entrepreneurs. All of this went to our middle class, but what was still missing was the improvement done to the “‘hood.” Poverty, blight, violence and hopelessness was still there. Making money Some “ballers” […]

In America, ‘What’s Going On?’

In America, ‘What’s Going On?’

Every woman and every Black person in this country must be asking, in the words of the Marvin Gaye song, “What’s Going On?” Forty-three times, White men have held dominance in consideration and representation for the position of president of the United States. With two elections, President Obama has shattered that stereotypical image of the […]

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

The Jim Crow segment of professional sports, Part I

A few years ago, I was in a waiting room at a French government office.  One of the French employees was watching a professional soccer game and he blurted out in English, “That’s all you see playing these games – Africans!” I responded with a smile, “Get ready! That is how American basketball started.” He […]

Black women will decide the next president

Black women will decide the next president

WYLECIA WIGGS HARRIS TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE In 2012, women overall had a higher voting rate (64 percent) than men (60 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the most powerful group of voters will be African-American women. In both the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections, Black women voted at the highest rate of […]

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

The interagency report released this week by U. S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” is a welcome tool that examines those key barriers as well as promising practices in the recruitment, hiring and retention of law enforcement candidates that can advance much-needed diversity in our […]