Commentary

  • The Question Black Conservatives Always Avoid

    Like everyone else, I am processing the November election results. I will write more about that later, but there was a radio exchange that I heard the night prior to the election that really got me thinking. On my way home from Baltimore, where I had been doing some electoral work, I found ...

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  • Why Democrats Lost the Midterms

    Now that the dust has settled after our nation’s 2014 elections across the country, here is my two cents worth on what has happened during the last couple of years, and what it means now. First and foremost, congratulations to the National Republican Committee. They had a 50-state plan, and ...

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  • The Challenge of Ebola

    As our nation and the world face the deadly threat of Ebola, both our morality and our self-interest are at stake. Between 1976, when Ebola Virus Disease was first identified, through 2012, there were 2,387 identified cases, including 1,590 deaths, all in Central and East Africa. Yet, many in ...

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  • Watching the Elections from Abroad

    JERUSALEM — On Election Night, I usually stay awake as long as my eyelids are willing to cooperate. But this year was different. Instead of alternating between watching CNN and tracking results on the Internet, I was in the Holy Land, nearly 6,000 miles from my office in Washington, D.C. With ...

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  • Know Your Rights, Make Your Vote Count

    Unlike any other time in American history, it is important for all eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote on November 4th. Recently, there has been significant dialogue regarding which party will control the House and the Senate in Washington.  These conversations highlight a very ...

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  • Blacks, not Hispanics, Key to Election Victory

    Although Latinos are growing at a faster rate than any other ethnic group in the United States, they will have less of an impact on whether Democrats retain control of the Senate than African Americans, according to a study of Census data by the Pew Research Center. The report, titled, “Latino ...

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  • Voting for our Principles and our Interests

    Each year, we recall Dr. King’s dream for an America in which each of us is judged by the content of our character, not by the color of our skin.  Now, in 2014, we have the opportunity to once again vote for this empowering vision here in Maryland. Our elections this year will determine who ...

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  • Children of Color Need a Level Playing Ground

    Some of our children may be falling behind by the time they reach the starting line. There is mounting evidence that many of the gaps facing communities of color – gaps in income, literacy and educational achievement – are already present by the time a child enters kindergarten. A report from ...

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  • Fired Up and Ready to Vote in 2014

    Why? Because your rights are under attack from a group of radical Republicans, if you are: a minority (African American, Hispanic American, etc.) a woman a poor person a member of the middle class an elderly person a college student a member of the LGBT community a military family member a ...

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  • Democrats Bash Obama Yet Want Black Vote

    Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes? Why should Black voters be motivated to turn out after months of watching Democrats bash the president? What exactly is the ...

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  • Republicans Still Earn ‘F’ on Civil Rights

    The Leadership Conference of Civil Rights (LCCR), a coalition of more than 200 human rights groups, has issued a new congressional report card that reaches the same conclusion that similar analyses by the NAACP has reached in recent years: When it comes to issues important to the civil rights ...

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  • NUL Backs “Put Our Children 1st”

    In recent weeks, the latest major steps towards realizing the Brown v. Board of Education guarantee that education “is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms” have been taken. First, on September 22, the National Urban League launched the second phase of our Put Our Children ...

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