Opinion

Jim Crow’s ancestors—and children

Jim Crow’s ancestors—and children

| June 10, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels       NNPA Columnist At first glance, one might be hard-pressed to think that a recent opinion piece on the 1970s origins of the religious right as a political force and a new book on the causes of America’s founding, the war of independence of the 1770-1780 decades, would have […]

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Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

Remembering Maya Angelou: A friend to all

| June 5, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Not only America, but the world has a heart kinda heavy.  Maya Angelou, Ph.D.,  died last week and the world lost a poet, writer, producer, actress, activist, civil rights leader, composer, singer, dancer and educator.  However, most of all, we lost a friend. What made Angelou the nation and world’s friend?  Firstly, […]

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Father appeals for son,  inmate medical care

Father appeals for son,  inmate medical care

| June 5, 2014

My name is Tracy Jackson. I have a 24-year-old son, Trameil Jackson being held on $250,000 bond for two counts of attempted murder. I’m not pleading the case on the charges—let’s make that clear. My real concerns is his health. My son has a kidney leaking—his feet is swelling up; around his eyes are black. I have […]

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Our continuing conversation on race

Our continuing conversation on race

| June 4, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels       NNPA Columnist Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen. His attempts to obscure the obvious have produced two important results. First, of course, […]

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Are enforcement strategies of laws consistent?

Are enforcement strategies of laws consistent?

| May 28, 2014

Willie Jordan: Things are improving, but still needs work.The president and attorney general signing the equal sentencing drug act its a good start. Dwight Richards: They are not consistent. I find that enforcement officers go by what they think they see instead of the true facts. Jamel Graham: I don’t think they are consistent because the police still […]

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60 years after Brown, schools still need fixing

60 years after Brown, schools still need fixing

| May 28, 2014

By Brenda Robinson Sixty year ago, America’s school systems were ordered desegregated. This action followed the case that became known as Brown v Board of Education. The main focus was whether or not states had the right to sponsor segregation in their schools. Well, that order changed the face of America in more ways than […]

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When will the war on marijuana be over?

When will the war on marijuana be over?

| May 23, 2014

Will historians look back on the era of busting people for pot in the same way we now look back on prohibition—as a, perhaps, well-meaning but tremendously flawed law enforcement strategy? It also will be interesting to see the societal, health and economic impact of legal, recreational pot becoming ubiquitous in the nation. And, don’t […]

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Better way to compensate college athletes

Better way to compensate college athletes

| May 23, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes. Surprisingly, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, former NFL great Jim Brown and Harry Edwards, who organized a human rights protest at the 1968 Olympics in […]

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Do you believe in giving to panhandlers?

Do you believe in giving to panhandlers?

| May 22, 2014

Roosevelt Norfleet: Yes and no. Yes, I do believe there are people out there who have a need but those people who are trying to scammers makes the whole concept bad for the folks truly in need. Ivan Rangel: Yes. Even though they may live a different lifestyle than myself, I feel it is important to […]

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The GOP and black voters: The Republican Party could win African-American support with some issues.

The GOP and black voters: The Republican Party could win African-American support with some issues.

| May 21, 2014

The following is an interesting commentary on how the Republican Party can attract more black voters. What’s interesting is that so many opinion pieces on this topic ignore that fact that most black folks used to be Republicans prior to the Roosevelt years, were Republicans, especially faced with the segregationist stance of so many southern […]

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