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Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where at the end of World War II the U.S. became the first and only country to drop an atomic bomb. The president used the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Immediately, the […]

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof, the unrepentant racist who killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is a monster. He prayed with people before reciting racist cants and annihilating people. After his heinous acts, it was discovered that he was a rabid racist who wrapped himself in the Confederate flag. Does he deserve […]

Has America given up on school desegregation?

Has America given up on school desegregation?

May 17th marked the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing so-called “separate but equal” public schools. The decision effectively superseded the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision upholding racial segregation. Chief Justice Roger G. Taney wrote in the Dred Scott decision in 1857 that he believed […]

The myth of equality

The myth of equality

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST As a child growing up, I found solace in words found in the Declaration of Independence and in the
Holy Bible. The Declaration of Independence says
“all men are created equal…”The Bible
says that God loves everyone, and that Jesus
showed the agape love that was of and from God. If
a person […]

Keeping faith with our sisters

Keeping faith with our sisters

I lead a major national women’s group, the National Congress of Black Women. My personal desire is to facilitate the enhancement of the lives and opportunities for African-American women, women of color, and their families’ welfare. My role is a singular opportunity to bring positive change to our communities and to our nation. My job […]

Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

Fist-raising Black women don’t deserve punishment

KIM M. KEENAN GEORGE CURRY MEDIA GUEST COLUMNIST I remember the first time I saw a Black raised fist. I
was watching the 1968 Summer Olympics in
Mexico City and two Black athletes, Tommie Smith
and John Carlos, raised their black-gloved fists and
bowed their heads on the medal ceremony stand
during the playing of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” […]

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

Donald Trump and the spectacle of lying

During his march to the Republican
Party nomination, Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that all Muslims should be barred from
entering the U.S., making it a cornerstone of his campaign. Last week, he declared that idea was “just a suggestion.” Which statement was the lie? Throughout his campaign, Trump displayed a firm allegiance to the Republican orthodoxy […]

Tubman’s face on the $20 bill is priceless

Tubman’s face on the $20 bill is priceless

WALTER RHETT NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST When Donald Trump calls Harriet Tubman’s selection as the face on the $20 bill “politically correct,” it is just another flag-wrapped slur. His record shows he befriends Blacks, but he cannot accept Black achievement on merit. Nor can he accept a shift of power and image that results in a […]

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Donald Trump’s success completes for the moment the most astonishing act of self-destruction in the history of American politics. I’m referring, of course, to that of the Republican Party itself. Some GOP officeholders and operatives are now crying in their teacups about Trump – with a few even publicly pledging not to vote for him. […]

Don’t send Flint down the drain

Don’t send Flint down the drain

The Flint water crisis is now 2 years old – and the water still isn’t safe to drink. There have been civil and criminal investigations, two congressional hearings and extensive reporting, particularly during the presidential primary in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed a special task force. Yet, only 33 pipes – three of every thousand […]