Local Commentaries


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 ...

Another health program taken away: Will CHIP receive reauthorization funding?

Ever since its inception, the Children’s Health Insurance Program has been vital in ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable children have the opportunity to have a healthy and fulfilling childhood. The legislation has been reauthorized multiple times with broad bipartisan support. ...

Black women stand up for justice, demand respect

American democracy was saved by the Black voters of Alabama and Black women. The South continues to be threatened by racist, sexist politics of men like Roy Moore, who represents what’s worst about American politics. The politics of hate, the ...

What did the Cowboys’ kneeling mean?

What did the Cowboys’ pre-anthem kneeling really mean?

Campaigns: Follow the yellow brick road

The Nov. 7 Campaign for the City Bond election tends to remind me of scenes from the 1939 classic Wizard of Oz.

Providing prevention of a fatal disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us, and this gives us the time to remember all those who have gone through the intrusive experience of breast cancer.

Helpless Americans in limbo waiting for a ‘great again’ America

It has taken less than a year for the 45th president of the United States … United States? … to undo everything that the 44th president accomplished in eight years. I do not know about the rest of America, but ...