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Lee A. Daniels

Stories by Lee

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The GOP at Captitol Hill: Chaos, control is their goal

Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for Congress fully deserving its “do-nothing” label.

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Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed through the civil rights community the previous six weeks.

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Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed through the civil rights community the previous six weeks.

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Flashes of déjà vu: Have I not seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu.

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GOP’s impeachment gambit, a reaction to Black achievements

Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national political arena now.

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Our continuing conversation on race, racists

Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: He won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen.

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Whistling Dixie: The GOP’s ‘culture of poverty’ gambit

The 2014 mid-term elections are just eight months away – and the Republicans are worried about Black voters again.

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Things go better with Coke’s Super Bowl commercial

What could anyone who loves America find offensive about Americans singing one of the nation’s unofficial national anthems, America the Beautiful?

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J. Edgar Hoover’s decades-long war on Black America

By the early 1970s, Black Americans could reasonably say they had emerged victorious from their long struggle with America’s internal evil empire: the regime of legalized segregation in the South.

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Yes, the American dream still lives on! But …

The American dream lives!

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Forcing poor Americans to go hungry

Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it.

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John F. Kennedy: Black America’s Great White Hope

Before assuming the presidency in 1960, John F. Kennedy barely paid attention to any Black American beyond his valet, and he intended to follow that approach during the first four of what he expected would be his eight years in office.

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We keep marching … jobs and freedom are still needed

On Aug. 24 and Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 1963 March on Washington and the movement that brought America into the modern age.

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Black, White views converge on intermarriage

I’ve long believed a succinct modern definition of marriage can be found in America’s Declaration of Independence as “the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Standing on the other side of an equal sign

For decades now, July 4 has always compelled me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852.

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The United States Supreme Court reveals its true colors

Last week, the Supreme Court’s conservative faction revealed more clearly than ever before its true colors. It showed that in the political war over America’s future it supports those who want to return to the exclusionary policies and practices of the past.

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Homeownership, economic and social cost of the housing ‘Black tax’

If homeownership is, overwhelmingly, the foundation of individuals’ and families’ economic security in America, Black Americans face a profoundly difficult predicament. For when it comes to that signal marker, the wrenching economic shocks of the past half-decade have wiped out at least 14 years of Black Americans’ climb up the homeownership ladder.

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America should lean in to Lean In to get beyond sexism, racism

One would be hard-pressed not to acknowledge that Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has had a spectacular business career, the kind that is often described as affirming the claim that America is a land of golden opportunity.

Obama at Morehouse: Black Americans’ responsibility

Speaking to the newly minted graduates of Atlanta’s historically Black and all-male Morehouse College May 19, President Obama urged them to use the power and advantage of their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”

The long-term unemployed: The economy’s invisible people

Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up?

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Gun vote revives memories of Civil Rights Movement

At first I wondered why I felt so powerful a sense of déjà vu last week when the Senate blocked gun control legislation drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators and supported by President Obama’s administration.

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Legendary Jackie Robinson: Too bad he’s the wrong color

You could say 42, the film about the life of Brooklyn Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, is a gripping baseball tale, and your assessment would be correct – but woefully incomplete. Not just a baseball story, the film is a compelling history lesson as well. It tells the story of not just baseball, but of a central facet of 20th Century American life – the suffocating reach of racism – in the decades before the 1960s.