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One Nation, one flag: Healing our country

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved I do not expect the house to fall but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing ...

Race, flags and the Second Amendment

The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner-city gun violence always showed the connection. In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control. Nothing says ...

As times continue to change, has the lost cause finally lost?

Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it, recently finally been irredeemably shredded?

Executing a collective economic and political strategy

"Now there are some ‘practical’ things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here."

Whites still live in state of denial on race

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is fond of saying, “Slavery was America’s original sin, and racism remains its unresolved dilemma.”

Emanuel AME and the buoyancy of hope

Rev. Clementa Pinckney and his fellow congregants of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered as usual in the historic edifice June 17 for their Wednesday evening prayer service. They came, as always, to refresh their ...

Growing seeds for a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

This is the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program’s 20th anniversary. More than 135,000 children across the country have had an enriching CDF Freedom Schools summer or after-school experience, and more than 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been ...

Perspectives: Fox News, AP abused Black youth

Fox News blowhards will never admit that in covering the racially-charged swimming pool incident in McKinney, Texas, they blew it. But that’s exactly what they did. And rather than acknowledge that they went overboard in defending the misconduct of the ...

Hillary Clinton evokes ‘collective anesthesia’

In March of 2007, I wrote a column under the headline: “Obama drama.” It began,

Competing with the best: Cam Newton joins $100 million club

Last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton became the latest $100 million man in the NFL, joining a list of 10 other guys that includes Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, J.J. Watt, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan and ...

Summer jobs for our youth pay future dividends

“Your first job brings you more than just a steady paycheck – the experience teaches young people life and work skills that serve them long after the job is done. But as our nation continues to recover [from] the deepest ...

Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

The indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the disclosure that he may have been sexually involved with at least two boys while serving as a high school football and wrestling coach in Illinois exposes the hypocrisy of the ...

‘We’ should be spelled with a silent, small ‘i’

"In the Northern states, we are not slaves to individuals, not personal slaves, yet in many ways we are slaves of the community. It is more than a figure of speech to say that we are a people chained together. ...

Charity is not a substitute for justice

In his speech the night before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeated the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed and left half-dead as he journeyed along ...

White racism affects more than African Americans

In the context of the responses to the lynchings of African Americans by police and racist citizenry, greater and much needed attention has been focused on the question of race and racism in the U.S. Particular attention has been raised ...