Opinion

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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Settling for optics rather than options

Settling for optics rather than options

| September 9, 2014

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle, and fear. We fear one another; we fear the police; we fear discrimination; we fear racism; we fear injustice; and we fear for our children’s safety on several fronts. We have news shows […]

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Violence, killing: The ‘hidden’ centerpiece of Fort Wayne history

Violence, killing: The ‘hidden’ centerpiece of Fort Wayne history

| September 4, 2014

By Eric D. Hackley Everyday it seems as though if the police aren’t on the TV news killing black people, black people are on the TV news killing black people. The one thing Fort Wayne’s blacks never seem to do is to take a momentary peek at our local history for insights into this violence […]

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Residents of Ferguson need to make a change

Residents of Ferguson need to make a change

| September 3, 2014

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference Gonna Make It Right… I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer If You Wanna Make […]

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Differences in black and white

Differences in black and white

| September 2, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, blacks and whites largely view events through a different set of lenses. Several recent polls provided yet more proof of this […]

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Policing the police

Policing the police

| August 31, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Except for the Good Lord, everybody has someone or something to “check” him or her. Unfortunately, President Obama has an unresponsive Congress to check him, and Supreme Court to do the same. Elected officials are checked by voters (when they vote), and the Securities and Exchange Commission usually checks corporate […]

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Do we perpetuate black stereotypes?

Do we perpetuate black stereotypes?

| August 27, 2014

Raynard Jackson By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on blacks, especially young black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles) and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these […]

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Black Americans’ threat from whites wearing badges

Black Americans’ threat from whites wearing badges

| August 27, 2014

Lee A. Daniels By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The disjointed, gap-laden manner in which Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death–all the while alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store a short time before their encounter–should convince any thinking person […]

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Cops kill at least two blacks each week

Cops kill at least two blacks each week

| August 26, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Occasionally, police officers behave in such as dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four white LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the opposite coast, an unarmed, 23-year-old […]

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Boldy back to Africa

Boldy back to Africa

| August 22, 2014

By Brenda Robinson President Barack Obama, as with all U.S. Presidents, has had his share of critics. Some of the criticism was legitimate, some just politically necessary, and some just because he is black. Yet, of all the the things he did wrong, he certainly got some right. His position on the continent of Africa […]

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