Commentary

  • Baltimore Lessons to be Learned from Ferguson and Brooklyn

    Baltimore City continues to engage its citizens in dialogue about the civil treatment of it residents.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has taken some bold steps to elevate the distrust of citizens of the police.  The recent curfew statute that went into effect in the City this year was rolled ...

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  • Ferguson and beyond

    Recently individual members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a police officer for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager. ...

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  • Same Old Problem, Same Old Response

    In 1983, it was Michael Stewart, 25. He was a graffiti artist who was beaten to death in police custody in New York. No one paid a price for his death. On the day of Stewart’s arrest, the Committee Against Racially Motivated Police Violence was holding a news conference. There were vigils. That ...

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  • Marion Barry: A Man for All People

    No one is neutral about D.C. “Mayor for Life” Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. You either love him or despise him; there is no in-between. He gave no room for in-between. He was, indeed, “all that!” The larger than life “People’s Prodigal Prince,” as I once dubbed him while he was singing his ...

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  • Will Larger CBC Translate into Greater Clout?

    Even though the next Congress, which starts on January 6, will feature 48 African Americans, the largest number in history, the question is: Can they get anything done in a Congress that’s been gridlocked for four straight years? But since most Black members will serve as members of the ...

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  • Marching to Freedom on a Treadmill

    Here’s a sobering statement from Economic Policy Institute (EPI): “Fifty years ago (2013), the unemployment rate was 5% for Whites and 10.9% for Blacks. Today, it is 6.6% for Whites and 12.6% for Blacks.” Can you believe that? We are at the same relative position now as we were when MLK gave ...

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  • Hold the Police Accountable; Don’t Burn the Block Down

    Time and time again we destroy our own neighborhoods when something terrible happens. We did it in Detroit, we did in Los Angeles, we did it in Baltimore. And now, we’re doing it again in Ferguson now that Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Let’s ...

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  • MAYOR MARION BARRY—THE ONE AND ONLY!

    ”We, the members of the National Congress of Black Women, express our deepest sympathy to the family of Mayor Marion Barry.  There is, and never will be, another like him.  He led the making of Washington, DC to be the great city it is today.  It’s easy for those who don’t know him well to […]

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  • What is Ben Carson thinking?

    Ben Carson, conservative author and noted neurosurgeon, is acting as if he may run for president as a Republican. Despite his conspicuous lack of political experience this man is taking steps to run for the most powerful office in the country. And he appears to have some of the Republican right ...

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  • Our Strategy for Success

    As Washington prepares for a Republican-controlled Congress, I, like most Americans, have concluded that expanding our economy must remain our top domestic priority. Acknowledging the importance of more broadly shared economic growth will enhance, not diminish, our ability to achieve other ...

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