Local Commentaries


America does not need another war!

This country does not need to be fighting another senseless war in the Middle East, such as the one that has kept our military forces in Iraq for the past 16 years.

Help! The Black Press is dying

I still believe there’s something magical about holding this week’s edition of a Black-owned newspaper in my hand, savoring every page, wincing at every typo, all while reveling as the story of Black America unfolds.

If you’re Black (or Brown), get back!

As he moves about the nation, or when he finds himself in front of television cameras, President Trump brags about the state of the economy. “It’s the greatest,” he contends, adding that Black and Brown unemployment is at historical lows.

Ray Charles could see that!

If the legendary entertainer Ray Charles was still with us, he, no doubt, would have had someone read to him the special report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, since he was sightless for the majority of his life.

Your vote does count. Your vote matters

I can’t overemphasize the importance of voting to those who are eligible. Not only are you voting for your interests, you’re also voting for the future and for those who can’t or won’t. I was elected 26 years ago to ...

NRA scandal: Please don’t shoot me!

One of the groups that fiercely fought for Donald Trump to become president during the 2016 presidential election was the National Rifle Association, whose leadership contends that the solution to our nation’s gun violence epidemic is for citizens to arm ...

Missed opportunity

Most of us are too far away from history to know the sacrifices made by many so that African Americans could vote. And many of us have not studied our history to know about the sacrifices made by others so ...

Paid parental leave, a new day in DeSoto and in Texas

It gives me such great pride to say that as of this past month, DeSoto is the first city in North Texas to guarantee paid parental leave for city employees. It’s been a long road to get here.

Tenth Street, a Freedmen’s Town with hope

Black History Month 2019 is officially over, but it lives 365 days a year in communities right here in Dallas. With the 400-year history of recognition of the transatlantic slave trade upon us, we know that Jamestown, Virginia, is not ...

Information is power: Educating citizens to become informed voters

The Dallas Examiner has a history of initiating and carrying the conversation in Dallas about voting. We believe and have demonstrated that voting is a right that everyone should exercise, especially African Americans, because of our history of being denied ...

Women in search of peace

While the national and international media has vigorously highlighted recent meetings between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, very little has been broadcast or written about the persistent work of thousands of women peace activists who ...

Can America’s Democracy be saved?

In watching the antics, practices and actions of the current administration, it is apparent that American democracy is under attack.

Preventing domestic abuse

Democrats in the House of Representatives stood up for victims of domestic violence, and said no to the National Rifle Association when the House overwhelmingly voted last week to expand the Violence against Women Act by restricting the sale of ...

The marathon continues: Lessons from Nipsey Hussle

Last week, our culture and community lost a powerful individual by the name of Ermias Asghedom, who was of Eritrean descent – a country in the Horn of Africa. Asghedom is a one of one type of individual, none before ...

Presidential overreach being challenged

While announcing his “state of emergency” and going against the will of Congress, President Trump said that other occupants of his office, among them President Barack Obama, had preceded him in calling for national emergencies.