Commentary

  • Revive U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

    This country has made remarkable progress on civil rights over our history. We’ve moved from slavery to segregation to equal rights under the law. African-Americans have gained the right to vote, the right to equal employment opportunity. Open racism has become increasingly unacceptable. ...

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  • The Fight Against Voter Suppression

    “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.  Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.”       – The Supreme Court of ...

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  • CHANGE WE CAN DISBELIEVE

    Trice Edney – Like me, many of my friends are enthusiasts of history and historical facts.  When possible, we’ll sit and dissect what we understand of historical events and how they have shaped our current circumstance.  When lacking completely factual information, we may speculate, but ...

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  • Hillary Still Doesn’t Get It

    This has been a bad week for civility in the Democratic Party. So far, only one candidate seems to be learning the lesson.  That’s not a good thing either. Epithets about women should have no place in our political discourse. Neither should racial stereotypes. I was shocked yesterday to ...

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  • U.S. Banks Shortchange Justice

    While our attention was focused last week on Bill Clinton becoming unhinged while defending his indefensible crime bill and insulting the Black Lives Matter Movement in the process, Wells Fargo and billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson were demonstrating how the wealthy escape personal ...

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  • Our Future is on the Ballot in this Election Year

    As I consider the consequences for our future during this critical election year, it is no overstatement to observe that our future will be on the ballots that will be cast on Election Day this November just as surely as will be the candidates for office. The virtually nonstop television ...

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  • Struggle for Voting Rights Justice Goes On

    On April 4, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King even as we marked the 48th anniversary of his assassination. On April 5, voters went the polls in the Wisconsin primaries, but a new raft of voter suppression laws insured that the results were skewed. One of Dr. King’s great ...

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  • The Fair Housing Act, 48 Years Later

    “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal. This deepening racial division is not inevitable. The movement apart can be reversed. Choice is still possible. Our principal task is to define that choice and to press for a national resolution ...

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  • Kids in Northwest Baltimore Need Help

    “How did this community get this way: so cold, so distance, and so hostile?,” an elderly man asked me one day while I was buying coffee. When I’m walking back to my job teaching students at Arlington Elementary School in Northwest Baltimore, I notice several Black men ...

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  • TITHES VS. TAXES

    Trice Edney – There was a time when I didn’t tithe.  I, like many people, dropped my few dollars in the collection plate when it came around or when I was on my way out of church.  In my mind at the time, tithing was never mandatory, but I always felt good when I was […]

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  • The Republican Gun Convention

    In an online petition, more than 50,000 conservatives are leading a campaign to allow guns at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. The reason: Conservatives claim they will be “sitting ducks” in the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the convention, if Republican ...

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