Opinion

Black auto buyers get raw deal, not fair deal

Black auto buyers get raw deal, not fair deal

| September 29, 2014

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist With new car prices meeting or surpassing many consumers’ incomes, the vast majority of people finance their car purchases. On an annual basis, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, more than 79 percent of auto loans occur through third-party indirect lenders that partner with dealerships. After most automobile purchases, […]

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Why do Democrats keep trying to ban guns that look scary, not the guns that kill the most people?

| September 25, 2014

By Lois Beckett Special to the NNPA from ProPublica (This story was co-published with the New York Times.) Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned. That idea was one of the […]

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Silver Lining: Ferguson, African Americans, Indians in America

| September 23, 2014

By Sandip Roy Special to the NNPA via New America Media It is a troubling image. The hazy security camera screen captures from the convenience store reinforced those fears. The store clerk was slightly built. Michael Brown, the customer holding him by the collar was a much larger man. Though the store owner, Andy Patel, […]

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America’s criminal justice problem

America’s criminal justice problem

| September 23, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Do you know what little respect black and Hispanic citizens of New York City have for following the rules that make living in the city bearable– or not “loitering,” or riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, or spitting on the street, or walking through parks after dark, or–my particular […]

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NFL domestic abusers get tap on wrist

NFL domestic abusers get tap on wrist

| September 22, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The NFL–which has been referred to as everything from the National Felons League to, in the cases of players, Not For Long–has imposed a lifetime ban on Ray Rice yet rarely disciplines other brazen offenders. And when a team takes the rare action of disciplining a player for striking […]

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Racism is not a card game

Racism is not a card game

| September 22, 2014

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist Whenever someone accuses an African American of playing the “race card,” I cringe. Racism  in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as “playing the race card” when it comes to making an accurate or rational evaluation of the socioeconomic and political plight of […]

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Republican Tim Scott doesn’t run from his blackness

Republican Tim Scott doesn’t run from his blackness

| September 17, 2014

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In the past, I have been extremely critical of so-called black Republicans, as well as so-called black conservatives–and that’s not going to change. Too often they feel the need to check their blackness at the door under the perverted guise of currying favor with whites within the party. These are […]

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Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

Rescued from America’s gulag archipelago

| September 14, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist When a North Carolina judge recently vacated the prison sentences of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who had spent nearly 30 years on the state’s death row, and his 46-year-old half-brother, Leon Brown, sentenced to life in prison, for a heinous rape and murder DNA evidence had finally proved they […]

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America needs a raise

America needs a raise

| September 14, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months–an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment report for August, the Dow has remained over 17,000. This compares with […]

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Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed black men

Cops lied about ‘suicides’ of two handcuffed black men

| September 10, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African American—and trying to cover it up—they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense. This is particularly […]

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