Opinion

Beyond the symbolism of the Confederate flags

Beyond the symbolism of the Confederate flags

| July 27, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist The debate in connection with the flags of the former Confederate States of America (CSA) has unleashed a badly needed debate about U.S. history. As many commentators are noting, for the first time in a long time we are not just discussing whether the flags of the Confederacy offend […]

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Put down the guns: Boxing, mixed martial arts alternatives to solving conflict

Put down the guns: Boxing, mixed martial arts alternatives to solving conflict

| July 26, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control, there were 16,121 homicides in the United States in 2013. More than 11,000 of those killings were caused by firearms. What better way is there to teach our children that all lives matter? Now is the time for peace. Violent crime inflicts a heavy economic and emotional burden on […]

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U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

| July 16, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Over a picture of two bearded tuxedo-clad men kissing, a Nigerian-born acquaintance of mine posted the following on Facebook: “May I, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never be part of this abominable act.” A short piece that’s been particularly popular among English-speaking Africans on social media for months, reads: “(Whites), […]

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Blackonomics: Blacks are today’s putty people

Blackonomics: Blacks are today’s putty people

| July 14, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Incidents over just the past two months have taken black folks on the psychological ride of our lives. The white woman in Spokane, Wash., who passed as black caught and held our attention; then there was the McKinney, Texas pool party incident; and then the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, […]

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Confederate traitors don’t deserve to be honored

Confederate traitors don’t deserve to be honored

| July 14, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Can you image waving a flag that honors Benedict Arnold, a name synonymous with treason? How about traveling to work and back on Aldrich Ames Boulevard, a tribute to the CIA mole who secretly worked for the Russians? Should we erect a statue of Robert Hanssen, the FBI computer […]

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Southeast city suffers from being ignored

Southeast city suffers from being ignored

| July 13, 2015

In reference to “Retail vacancy rate on the rise in the city” (a June 26 article in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette), I have lived on the southeast side of Fort Wayne for 53 years. This is the worst it has ever been. As if it isn’t sad enough we are not involved in any […]

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Without addressing disability, we’ll never make meaningful progress in ending police violence

Without addressing disability, we’ll never make meaningful progress in ending police violence

| July 10, 2015

By Rebecca Cokley and Lawrence Carter-Long Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Kajieme Powell, James Boyd and Ethan Saylor were all killed in controversial and ultimately tragic interactions with law enforcement. Odds are the first four names are more familiar to most people, but what these individuals share in addition to the troubling ways they died might […]

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Rewriting Confederate history

Rewriting Confederate history

| July 8, 2015

Julianne Malveaux By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist On their website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is […]

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Neutralizing the right wing political agenda

Neutralizing the right wing political agenda

| July 7, 2015

George E. Curry By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their […]

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Understanding real ‘love’ in the midst of the same-sex marriage debate

Understanding real ‘love’ in the midst of the same-sex marriage debate

| June 30, 2015

Editor’s note: As people continue to debate the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that states were obligated to allow same-sex marriages throughout the nation, we recently were made aware of the writings of someone in the spiritual community that discussed the issue on a spiritual, rather than political, societal or “religious” perspective. The following thoughts, […]

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