Local Commentaries


The power of one

A humanitarian once said, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do something that I can do.” Everyone 18 or older can vote and each vote matters.

Civil Rights in Dallas at the State Fair ‘Dallas in the time of MLK’

This year, the State Fair of Texas has an exhibit, Dallas in the time of MLK, in the Hall of State that displays the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas.

The absence of sensible immigration policies

The overwhelming majority of people that legally immigrate to the United States make tremendous contributions to the industrial, economic, artistic, scientific, political and intellectual life of our country.

Our justice system fails women

We cannot afford to continue to sit idly by and remain silent as the number of female inmates in Texas jails and prisons grows higher and higher.

Statement on the death of Botham Jean

Once again, we are experiencing the pain, sorrow and anger caused by the death of another Black male at the hands of a police officer. We ask with dismay: How can it be that an officer meant to serve and ...

Hoping that new safety law can be that ‘rising tide’

It was with much concern and the need to act that the conversations that would become Senate Bill 30, the Community Safety Education Act, were born. Summer 2016 was a season of nationwide unrest, following a succession of fatal interactions ...

Get ready to vote this November!

During the January 2017 confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Georgia Congressman John Lewis and New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker testified against the senator from Alabama becoming the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

Our teachers do not want guns!

If Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were to consult the nation’s educators and law enforcement officials, she would immediately dismiss any consideration of providing federal funding to states for the purpose of arming classroom teachers.

Caught in the cradle-to-prison pipeline

I am 30 years old, a Black male and serving a 35-year sentence. I have been incarcerated since I was 16, 14 years removed from home.

The 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela is reason to celebrate

July 18 was the 100th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela’s birth – and a time to reflect on his life, legacy and impact on society globally.

War on the poor – What about the children?

Two different versions of the Farm bill were recently passed in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Counterfactual textbooks hurt our children

On April 19, an eighth-grade American history assignment was shared with the public that required students at a public charter school in San Antonio to list the “positive aspects” of slavery. The assignment was an activity found in one of ...

A need for jobs and justice in our community

During a recent press conference held in the nation’s capital, I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in proclaiming the need for jobs and justice for members of our nation’s African American community, and for all of others ...

Response to the State of the Union Address

In response to the State of the Union address …

#MeToo, Pandora!

Pandora’s box has been opened and she is angry ... and it’s about time! For far too long women have been silent as men treated them like sexual objects in the workplace, in their community, in school and even at ...