Opinion

Right-wing out to destroy public education

Right-wing out to destroy public education

| June 23, 2015

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist If you want to see up-close what the political right wants to do to public education, take a look at Wisconsin. Recent legislation, aimed ostensibly at the city of Milwaukee, is attempting to remove local control of the schools and systematically expand the charter school system. And, here is […]

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Charity not substitute for justice

Charity not substitute for justice

| June 13, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist In his speech the night before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeated the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed and left half dead as he journeyed along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The Good […]

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‘I’ versus ‘We’

‘I’ versus ‘We’

| June 11, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “In the Northern states, we are not slaves to individuals, not personal slaves, yet in many ways we are slaves of the community… It is more than a figure of speech to say that we are a people chained together. We are one people–one in general complexion type, one in […]

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Time for young people to stop the violence

Time for young people to stop the violence

| June 10, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I only recently embraced my status as an “elder.” Actually, I describe myself as an “episodic elder,” eager enough to take one of those lovely “senior” discounts when it serves my purpose, yet reluctant to turn in my party card. Elder status hit me upside the head, though, when a […]

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Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

| June 10, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the disclosure that he may have been sexually involved with at least two boys while serving as a high school football and wrestling coach in Illinois exposes the hypocrisy of the self-appointed morality police. It turns out that Hastert is […]

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America’s true crime problem

America’s true crime problem

| June 5, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances. Consider that, and then ponder these words about black Americans […]

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Media colors coverage of race

Media colors coverage of race

| June 4, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Discussions in the news media (I’d rather call it the “Views Media”) regarding the use of the word, “Thug,” are intriguing to say the least. The mayor of Baltimore, the president, and some in the media used the term during the unrest that followed the killing of Freddie Gray. Less […]

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Justice is not blind

Justice is not blind

| June 4, 2015 | Reply

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.” Most of our politicians and leaders are exploiting subconscious racism, and pandering to explicit […]

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The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

The Waco biker riot and the lexicon of racism

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage–using guns, knives, clubs and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves nine dead, nearly 200 injured and hundreds arrested, is that […]

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Overmedicating children in foster care

Overmedicating children in foster care

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication–more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely […]

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