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Daytona’s royal family in the making

Daytona’s royal family in the making

KATIENNA BROWN READER COMMENTARY This election, voters in Daytona Beach have a historically low number of choices. That’s because one family, the Henrys, have positioned themselves for a full takeover of local government. One family aims to control the political landscape of the city. Mayor Derrick Henry sits on the city commission with his brother […]

Teachers need public support

Teachers need public support

While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country. While every school district is not facing challenges, many urban school districts – where the majority of African-American and Hispanic students are enrolled – […]

Taking a stand while sitting

Taking a stand while sitting

Rosa Parks and Colin Kaepernick got tired of racism and sat down to protest it. While some of us stand up for a cause, standing is not the only answer for calling attention to an issue. Rosa and Colin chose sitting. Protesters choose their own methods. Are we all required to stand up and put […]

People should back off Kaepernick

People should back off Kaepernick

First of all, here is a little bit about me. I consider myself patriotic; at least I used to. I have seen both sides of this country where there are ample opportunities, and the other side where opportunities are denied. A veteran I am a United States Marine Corps veteran. I am somewhat of an […]

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Finding and identifying transformative remedies and solutions are long overdue. In the wake of the most recent fatal tragedies in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Baton Rouge, there […]

Something’s wrong with this!

Something’s wrong with this!

One of my good friends who is a White male often says, “If you want to get a job done, give it to a woman.” He quickly adds, “If you really want to get it done, give it to a Black woman.” Historically, Black women have done all kinds of jobs. Most people know how […]

Trump supporters think they’re on a reality show

Trump supporters think they’re on a reality show

There have been consistent media reports of interviews with supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump that indicate that many of them do not take seriously his various pronouncements. Trump supporters have been reported making comments – after being confronted with Trump’s declarations, such as his call to build a wall on the border with Mexico […]

The shame of Milwaukee

The shame of Milwaukee

Last week, a car with two African-American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver – reportedly armed – was shot and killed. And Milwaukee exploded. Angry crowds confronted police, set fires, threw rocks. At least a half-dozen businesses – including a grocery store, a gas station and an […]

When was America great?

When was America great?

We are the biggest and the baddest. We are the best armed and the most influential. We win the most Olympic medals and we have the most nuclear weapons. America! We are so great that we wave our flags and shout, “USA!” In some ways it is an imperialist chant, a chant of dominance that […]

Really think about it!

Really think about it!

I’m often amused by interviews aired on late-night TV questioning the average citizen’s knowledge of a particular subject. I’m appalled and saddened by individuals who cannot correctly name the current U.S. vice president or answer equally simple questions. I’m convinced that this level of ignorance is rooted in a complete disconnect from the concerns of […]