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Rejecting the freedom to discriminate

Rejecting the freedom to discriminate

“All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no […]

The importance of the Supreme Court

The importance of the Supreme Court

Scholars often opine that women in decision-making positions of authority would make more positive changes in the future of the nation than men. With complete optimism, I believe that a genuine Black woman in a decision-making position of authority would bring even more positive outcomes to our future. In contrast, we haven’t had a genuine […]

Vote for democracy’s sake

Vote for democracy’s sake

This year’s presidential election has cast the importance of voting and of
American citizens’ right to vote in the sharp relief. How? Donald Trump’s success in wrecking much of the “old” Republican Party; the popularity among GOP voters of the “platform” of bigotry both Trump and Ted Cruz are running on; the continuing efforts of GOP-controlled […]

Obama’s foreign policy moves us toward reason

Obama’s foreign policy moves us toward reason

As Barack Obama’s presidency ends, people are beginning to realize how much we will miss Obama’s leadership. He has served with dignity and grace. His family has exhibited the values that Americans embrace. He has brought the economy back from the freefall he inherited. Republicans scorn all things Obama, with particular emphasis on his foreign […]

The ERA’s time has come!

The ERA’s time has come!

It’s Women’s History Month, and we should be celebrating accomplishments of women, but things aren’t improving for women in poverty. Black women are disappointed that a Black woman wasn’t chosen for the Supreme Court. Yet, many of us have forgiven that and moved on. We appreciate the fact that President Obama has appointed more Black […]

The GOP and ‘political correctness run amok’

The GOP and ‘political correctness run amok’

The two most dramatic political events of last week involving the Republican
Party – Donald Trump’s election
victories in the Super Tuesday
Republican primaries, and GOP Senators
restating their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court – dramatically illuminate what a certain fashionable, ugly phrase really means and who it most often applies to. The […]

Why is terrorism still growing?

Why is terrorism still growing?

Not too long ago, Americans considered terrorism as some geopolitical ailment happening in the Third World.  But since September 11, 2001, our attitudes have changed.  Events afterwards constantly reminds us that there is a dangerous world out there – and in here. It seems like the more we destroy terrorists, they multiply like pesky flies […]

The GOP reaps the whirlwind

The GOP reaps the whirlwind

I’m captivated by the applications of wisdom gleaned from the Bible.  One passage, Hosea 8:7, has recurring relevance to the current human condition.  It states, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” What did Hosea mean? Despite minor variances, most accept the meaning that those who act foolishly and impact […]

Flint residents deserve better than this

Flint residents deserve better than this

ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS NNPA COLUMNIST As the proud owner of NBC 25 in Flint, Mich., it is important for us to understand the community and to become a part of it as much as we can. We have the ability to elevate the needs and concerns of the downtrodden, hold those in power accountable and showcase […]

Severing the prison-to-profits pipeline

Severing the prison-to-profits pipeline

America is addicted to incarceration. No nation holds as many people behind bars as America does, and the numbers tell it all. The United States imprisons 716 people for every 100,000 residents. That is more than any other country on this planet. Our nation has the largest prison population in the world – both in […]