Opinion

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

Intellectual honesty about race, criminal justice reform

| August 9, 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (NNPA President and CEO) There is an old adage that posits “The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.” Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal […]

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A tale of two conventions

A tale of two conventions

| August 4, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them. In the black community, […]

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Blackonomics: From boycotts to buying from black-owned business

Blackonomics: From boycotts to buying from black-owned business

| August 4, 2016

By James Clingman “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”—Matthew 25:21 In recent days, we have heard much about efforts to demonstrate our frustration and anger about the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Boycotting malls and various […]

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Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

Why global terrorism will always be a domestic problem

| August 3, 2016

By Roger Caldwell (NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist) President Obama underestimated the threat of ISIS, by calling the organization a “JV team” during his 2012 election campaign. This was a miscalculation in terms of his thinking and strategy. In 2016, many countries around the globe are trying to destroy this violent extremist organization as each […]

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A view from the other side

A view from the other side

| August 3, 2016

By the Rev. Victor L. Nelson, LFD, EMB I would like to begin by saying that the views and opinions I am about to express are mine alone. I write this with the hope that if there are others who feel as I do, you will help me to help others understand the suffering that […]

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Order up the kind of government you want

Order up the kind of government you want

| August 2, 2016

By Rex Bell I buy a Powerball ticket every week, unless I forget. I know the odds of winning the jackpot are about 292 million to one, but I also know if I don’t buy a ticket, the odds are even higher. I also buy a Hoosier Lotto ticket while I’m at the counter. The […]

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Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

Cleveland’s RNC was the whitest convention I’ve ever attended

| August 2, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) As I boarded my return flight to D.C. from last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland I began to reflect on what I saw and I began to ponder how I could put to paper my experiences in this column. Out of nowhere, the words of Charles Dickens from […]

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Five reasons why ESPN is the Republican Party of sports television

Five reasons why ESPN is the Republican Party of sports television

| July 27, 2016

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) I am quite fond of saying about Republicans when it comes to blacks, “Even when they try to do the right thing, they do it the wrong way.” In a similar manner, ESPN has become the Republican Party of TV and sports. Last week, they had their annual […]

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Dallas tragedy debunks every anti-gun control myth

Dallas tragedy debunks every anti-gun control myth

| July 26, 2016

By Marc Morial (President and CEO of the National Urban League) “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law—no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, […]

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Giving in to Islamophobia means giving in to ISIS

Giving in to Islamophobia means giving in to ISIS

| July 24, 2016

By Jim Wallis Courtesy of Sojourners If a terrorist claiming he was inspired by his Christian faith killed worshipers at a church in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, would anyone suggest that he was a true Christian or represented the beliefs of other Christians worldwide? Of course not. Such a man would be denounced by Christians […]

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