Commentary

  • Countering Voter Suppression Moves

    The Supreme Court recently blocked an appeals court ruling that would have restored seven days of voting in Ohio. In just three sentences, the court reduced voting access for tens of thousands of Ohioans, in yet another effort to suppress the vote. In North Carolina, the appeals court granted ...

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  • Power Broke Black Leaders

    Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will.” I often wonder what Black people do not understand about that statement. We love to quote it, but when it comes to putting it into practice; we fall far short of the spirit of Douglass’ words. Maybe ...

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  • Eric Holder’s Legacy: No Coward on Race

    After being confirmed as the nation’s first African-American U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip-toe around the volatile subject of race. “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in ...

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  • Lynching Young Black Boys Without Ropes and Trees

    Recently in Chicago, a city where only 9 percent of 8th-grade Black boys reads proficiently and where thousands of Black boys have been killed and maimed over the past few years, the MacArthur Foundation passed out “Genius Awards” to people who were musicians, authors, scientists and poets.  In ...

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  • Foreclosure Crisis

    Last year, my family and I were honored to join millions around the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark “March on Washington.” Beyond the powerful exhortation against racism of my father’s “I Have a Dream” speech, however, the organizers were ...

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  • The Time for Injustice Has Gone

    “There were those who said that this is a many-sided and very complex problem. But however viewed, the denial of the right to vote is still a deadly wrong. And the time for injustice has gone.” These were the words spoken by President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Voting ...

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  • Protecting Our Climate, Health and Civil Rights

    As the AFRO-American reported in June, our nation’s Black doctors are deeply concerned about the dangers climate change poses to our health. Since Americans of Color are especially vulnerable to those threats, measures to better protect our planet are fast becoming critical civil rights ...

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  • A Missing Link in the Civil Rights Movement

    African Americans have marched a long way down the road to individual freedom and equality. Groups like the NAACP remain ever vigilant protecting and advancing our gains. But there is a missing link in the Civil Rights Movement—one that is often undervalued by most civil rights groups. That is, ...

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  • Talk is no Substitute for Action

    Have you ever seen a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taking part of a panel discussion? It’s likely he didn’t have time if he were asked. It’s also likely that in the 1950s and 1960s, he wasn’t asked much. The period King conquered was a time of action. The actions Dr. King took […]

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