Revising the undemocratic ‘map of shame’

“What we know about all of these voter suppression laws is that they have certain populations in their crosshairs, populations who they are trying to prohibit participation in the franchise because they fear that they will vote in a way ...

Racism on college campuses

As I followed recent events at the University of Missouri that culminated in the resignation of its president for mishandling incidents of blatant racism on the Columbia, Missouri, campus

Winning elections behind the cotton curtain

We won the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at Selma, combining the power of a principled mass movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a compassionate president who did the right thing despite the heavy political price.

Mizzou’s football team wins on and off the field

Recollections of my 1995 article on the business of college athletics danced in my head when I heard the news about the University of Missouri football team’s refusal to play until the president of that university, Tim Wolfe, resigned or ...

Go to work, work smart and laugh your way to the bank

One of the best-known comedians in America is George Wallace

The Color Line: Demonizing Black college student protest

If you read or listen to much of the media, you have to be wondering what would cause Black college students and their allies among other students and faculty at two prominent universities to stage nonviolent, institution-shaking protests – one ...

Helping children cope with crisis

“If you were to look down upon the world today, you would see a world divided by wars and natural disaster … you would think there is little hope … Even though there is a lot of bad in the ...

Fake hero cop proves White lies matter

Writing under the headline, Police lives matter too, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass summed up the sentiment – and mass hysteria – surrounding the supposed Sept. 1 murder of a policeman in a bedroom community 50 miles north of Chicago:

White conservatives’ minstrel tradition

Ben Carson is in serious political trouble, as his wacky and right-wing views on numerous issues draw more scrutiny and critical pieces of the “inspirational” back story he’s been telling for years get exposed as “fabrications.”

Economic gospel of churches working together

On Dec. 3, the Collective Empowerment Group, formerly known as the Collective Banking Group of Prince George’s County and Vicinity, will celebrate a milestone achievement – its 20th anniversary.

Charters and heavy testing hurt our schools

Across the country, parents have been in revolt against high-stakes standardized testing, with kids tested over and over again while creativity is cut out of classroom curricula. Parents – particularly in targeted urban schools from Chicago to Boston – are ...

Rigged racial bias in jury selection still continues today

“Illegal and unconstitutional jury selection procedures cast doubt on the integrity of the whole judicial process. They create the appearance of bias in the decision of individual cases, and they increase the risk of actual bias as well.” – Supreme ...

Be part of the solution, not the problem

School children don’t need one more “Officer Slam,” as some students referred to the White South Carolina school resource officer who this week shamed the nation with his violent ejection of a 16-year-old Black female student from her classroom for ...

Politicians want media to ignore their lies

Politicians and would-be politicians running for president can’t have it both ways: They can’t filibuster while refusing to answer direct questions during televised debates and then complain about not having enough time to talk.

National commission on race, poverty needed

When the Founders wrote the Constitution, Blacks were considered three-fifths human. In a compromise at the constitutional convention, the Constitution was written to allow slave states to count each slave as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of the ...