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Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

Baltimore and the dynamic of racial déjà vu

| May 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “It is one measure of the depth and insidiousness of American racism that the nation ignores the rage of the rejected–until it explodes… The wonder is that here have been so few riots, that [black Americans] generally are law-abiding in a world where the law itself has seemed an […]

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Death row’s other killers

Death row’s other killers

| May 4, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in 1983, spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row before his […]

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Facing ‘officer friendly’ while black

Facing ‘officer friendly’ while black

| April 19, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Without the video, North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder. Without the video, we wouldn’t see Officer Michael T. Slager have the, shall we say, presence of mind, to quickly retrieve what appears to be his Taser and plant it beside […]

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‘Religious freedom’ scams

‘Religious freedom’ scams

| April 15, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots. Worried by recent steady march of federal court decisions advancing the right of gays and lesbians to marry, forces in Arkansas and Indiana tried to copy the Supreme Court majority’s flim-flam maneuver of last year in the Hobby Lobby case: By asserting a […]

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Free speech hypocrisy

Free speech hypocrisy

| April 7, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist      This winter, the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve black Americans as the targets of the racist speech or action: […]

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Three black Republicans’ race to the bottom

Three black Republicans’ race to the bottom

| April 3, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Recently, I wrote that today’s Republican Party is gripped by a severe problem—an acting-the-fool dynamic produced by their allegiance to crackpot-conservatism—that causes Republicans of high and low status to say or do things that range from the silly to the vicious. I concluded in part that because these things […]

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Facing America’s lynching frenzy

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

| March 4, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist We live in an era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys–for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males–who once lived within the boundaries of decency have dedicated themselves to committing crimes of shocking depravity. Whether driven by tricked-up political […]

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Gay Marriage in Alabama

Gay Marriage in Alabama

| February 25, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist It’s entirely appropriate that the bigoted antics of Alabama’s conservative, publicity-hound Chief Justice Roy S. Moore in unsuccessfully trying to block the right of same-sex couples to marry there erupted in February–Black History Month. For his actions that briefly led some of the state’s 68 probate judges to not […]

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Civic lessons, civil rights

Civic lessons, civil rights

| February 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of […]

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Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

| January 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations, as were several “white” films and white actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscar voting academy was going to make another powerful drama […]

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