Opinion

Controversy over videotaping cops

Controversy over videotaping cops

| April 21, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding action on his telephone led to the arrest of […]

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Facing ‘officer friendly’ while black

Facing ‘officer friendly’ while black

| April 19, 2015 | Reply

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Without the video, North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder. Without the video, we wouldn’t see Officer Michael T. Slager have the, shall we say, presence of mind, to quickly retrieve what appears to be his Taser and plant it beside […]

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Should African Americans endorse whites over blacks?

Should African Americans endorse whites over blacks?

| April 17, 2015 | Reply

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Two prominent black Maryland officials–Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III–have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a white, over black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. So far, Edwards is the only African American in […]

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Pence not ready for national leadership

Pence not ready for national leadership

| April 16, 2015 | Reply

Governor Mike Pence has seriously bungled his attempts to be considered a serious presidential or vice presidential candidate. In spite of just having signed SB 101 , The Religious Freedom Law, which was passed by his political super party majority, the governor was unable to answer a question repeated six times on an ABC Sunday […]

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The quest for true equality

The quest for true equality

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

By Raynard Jackson During the past two weeks, Americans have lost their minds regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that was passed and signed into law by Indiana governor, Mike Pence.  My readers know I do not support homosexual marriage or the homosexual agenda of being legally protected as a class based on their […]

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‘Religious freedom’ scams

‘Religious freedom’ scams

| April 15, 2015 | Reply

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots. Worried by recent steady march of federal court decisions advancing the right of gays and lesbians to marry, forces in Arkansas and Indiana tried to copy the Supreme Court majority’s flim-flam maneuver of last year in the Hobby Lobby case: By asserting a […]

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Taking a stand on wage standards

Taking a stand on wage standards

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

Editor’s note: Area wage standards mandate that construction workers be paid at least a minimum standard—based on prevailing wages for such jobs in similar areas—on jobs utilizing taxpayer dollars. Proponents of the rule say that such is essential to keep up a decent standard of living for workers in Indiana, while opponents, who are working […]

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The Rev. Franklin Graham ignores racism

The Rev. Franklin Graham ignores racism

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

By the Rev. Amos C. Brown NNPA Guest Columnist Easter was last Sunday, but Rev. the Franklin Graham is still wiping egg off his face. In an unintentionally insensitive Facebook post on March 12, the hugely influential white evangelist ignored the existence of racial bias by law enforcement in the U.S. by suggesting the easy […]

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An open letter to Jimmy Breslin regarding the death of Malcolm X

An open letter to Jimmy Breslin regarding the death of Malcolm X

| April 7, 2015 | 1 Reply

Journalist’s revelations raises suspicion of complicity for some Dear Mr Breslin, A number of recent articles have appeared in connection with an apparent tip-off which you received from the NYPD advising you to attend the Feb. 21, 1965 rally at the Audubon Ballroom and at which Malcolm X was assassinated. These disturbing reports raise a […]

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Free speech hypocrisy

Free speech hypocrisy

| April 7, 2015 | Reply

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist      This winter, the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve black Americans as the targets of the racist speech or action: […]

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