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Texas ID law struck down a fifth time

Texas ID law struck down a fifth time

Last week, a federal court dealt a blow to Texas’ efforts to disenfranchise voters of color. Texas’ draconian 2011 voter identification law has been struck down for the fifth time. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas determined the law intentionally discriminates against Black and Latino voters. This raises the possibility […]

A reversal of fortune

A reversal of fortune

Does it hurt more to have a disappointment occur without expectation, or to be able to anticipate a disappointment and see it materialize? When it relates to the US justice system, a disavowal of patterns and practices that served to protect the integrity of the process and broadly protect the rights of citizenship hurts, whether […]

Earl McCrary will always be remembered

Earl McCrary will always be remembered

VICKIE J. PRESLEY READER COMMENTARY Many in our community recently had an opportunity to pay homage to Mr. Earl C. McCrary, II, former principal of Campbell Jr. High School and Campbell Middle School. Mr. McCrary was an amazing leader who was the epitome of relationship building.  He made everyone feel that he/she was “Number One” […]

The March unemployment report is mixed news

The March unemployment report is mixed news

Our 45th  president has had no trouble claiming the good employment news reported for January and February of this year. In those jobs reports, released on the first Friday of the month, we saw unemployment rates of 4.8 and 4.7 percent. In both of those months, more than 200,000 jobs were created. Forty-five crowed that […]

Yes, we’re with them!


Yes, we’re with them!


Word origins can shed light on the experiences of a people and explain much of what they’ve endured. Many older African-Americans explain the origin of the term “honkie” as it relates to the activity of White men driving through African-American communities honking the horns of their automobiles in an attempt to solicit sex from ‘willing’ […]

Roger Wilkins’ life story is the story of civil rights

Roger Wilkins’ life story is the story of civil rights

For Roger Wood Wilkins, the civil rights movement was the family business. When Wilkins was born in 1932 in segregated Kansas City, Mo., his uncle Roy Wilkins already was a well-known journalist and activist serving as assistant NAACP secretary, and later would serve as executive director. His mother, Helen J. Claytor, was secretary of interracial […]

Labor nominee is bad news in a slick package

Labor nominee is bad news in a slick package

By the time you read this, Alexander Acosta, the president’s nominee for secretary of labor, is likely to have been confirmed by the full Senate. He got narrow approval from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions by a 12-11 party line vote. I don’t blame the Democrats for opposing the Acosta nomination. […]

They don’t just disappear

They don’t just disappear

If I had to speculate about a common thread that weaves its way through the lives of most of my friends and acquaintances, I’d have to say that filtering through the blizzard of information that inundates us daily is our greatest challenge. “Trump tweeted this…” or “Congress ignored that…” or “Korea launched that…” or “No […]

Budget favors defense, abandons citizens

Budget favors defense, abandons citizens

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” – Mahatma Gandhi Some people look at a budget proposal and see numbers. At the National Urban League, we look at a budget proposal and see people. The Trump administration’s preliminary federal budget proposal – the so-called “skinny […]

It’s called ‘practical nationalism’

It’s called ‘practical nationalism’

Nationalism: “A desire by a large group of people (such as people who share the same culture, history, language, etc.) to form a separate and independent nation of their own; a sense of national consciousness.” Practical: “Of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action; not theoretical or ideal; disposed to action as opposed to speculation or abstraction,” […]