Tag: james clingman

Are you having fun with today’s politics?

Are you having fun with today’s politics?

| September 2, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “I’ll see your two blacks and raise you two more.” The vast majority of the news is centered on politics, specifically, the 2016 presidential race, which is 14 months away. Black people are being sucked under by a whirlpool of nonsense on TV news outlets, newspaper and magazine commentaries, lectures […]

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Celebrating the life of Marcus Garvey

Celebrating the life of Marcus Garvey

| August 20, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Happy Birthday, Marcus Garvey! This is not a history lesson; it is simply about homage, recognition, and appreciation of a black man who loved his people so much that he sacrificed beyond what most of us would say is reasonable. Marcus Garvey cared so much about his people that he […]

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Blacks also failed Sandra Bland

Blacks also failed Sandra Bland

| August 10, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Sandra Bland is dead. While many are concentrating on “how” she died, we must also face the reality of “why” she died. All of the circumstances surrounding her death notwithstanding, Sandra is still dead. I cannot help but think that along the three-day period from her arrest to her final […]

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The change we’ve been waiting for

The change we’ve been waiting for

| August 3, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist In light of the conversations about police abuse, unwarranted stops and arrests, and homicide cases involving black people and police officers, many black people get angry, maybe have a march, and then go home to await the next incident. Some of our organizations do their usual thing by making loud […]

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Blackonomics: Blacks are today’s putty people

Blackonomics: Blacks are today’s putty people

| July 14, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Incidents over just the past two months have taken black folks on the psychological ride of our lives. The white woman in Spokane, Wash., who passed as black caught and held our attention; then there was the McKinney, Texas pool party incident; and then the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, […]

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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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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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Time to throw some political punches

Time to throw some political punches

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them are simply “employed” […]

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Baltimore: Another horror movie re-run

Baltimore: Another horror movie re-run

| May 8, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist The movie we are watching in Baltimore is a re-run and a sequel. The price of admission has always been too high, but we continue to pay the exorbitant price, anyway. As the opening line in the old TV show, “Dragnet,” proclaimed, “The story you are about to see is […]

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Who can we turn to politically?

Who can we turn to politically?

| May 1, 2015

James Clingman By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag black folks are in now that […]

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