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How to keep our Black boys alive

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: Just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being ...

How to reform the criminal justice system

There is no question that the criminal justice system is broken. President Obama made that clear recently in his address to the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia.

Demilitarize the police in our communities

Do police forces have our communities under military occupation? This question seems extremely far-fetched thinking of what America stands for. However it may be more realistic than we all know. Aug. 9, 2014, sparked an uprising in this country that ...

White racism costs Whites, too

Although he forged a distinguished career as a 10-term Republican Congressman from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, and later as a judge on his state’s Supreme Court, Richard H. Poff is but a minor footnote in American history.

Release low-level, non-violent drug offenders

Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne ...

The math and the “aftermath” of the Confederate flag

Now that the Confederate flag has been taken down, complete with honor guard and pomp and circumstance, what are Black folks going to do now? Another question is, “What does the math of the aftermath look like?” Everything boils down ...

Giving back to the community

Historically, unity and volunteerism have been some of the most powerful tools that African Americans have used in order for our people to make advances in society.

The Confederacy’s ‘heritage’ of slavery

The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, was photographed dozens of times hoisting the rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion ...

Ferguson is still everywhere if you’re Black

It’s been 288 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Stand for righteousness, against the Confederate flag

The Confederate battle flag flies over the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol no more. The end-result of an emotional debate in the state’s Legislature was Gov. Nikki Haley signing bipartisan legislation on July 9 ordering the flag’s removal ...

Tear down the walls of economic inequality

After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for ...

What do we do after Charleston?

“For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can ...

Confederate traitors do not deserve to be honored by America

Can you imagine waving a flag that honors Benedict Arnold, a name synonymous with treason?

What part of history needs to be preserved?

Texas made national headlines, ironically on of all days – June 19 – when the United States Supreme Court upheld the unanimous 2011 vote of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to deny an application by the Texas Division

Fair housing protected, voting rights still miles to go

Nearly 50 years ago, just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

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