Tag: obama

‘Status Quo No Mo’

‘Status Quo No Mo’

| February 11, 2016

By Pastor E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA News Wire from the Houston Forward Times “Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make […]

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The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

The State of the Union Address: Class act, crass responses

| January 25, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the SOU is “strong.” While I disagree with […]

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The African American State of the Union

The African American State of the Union

| January 25, 2016

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist While millions of people across the United States and throughout the world will continue to affirm, discuss, or respond in various ways to the last State of Union by America’s first President of the United States who is an African American, there are still priority issues […]

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How the King holiday came to be

How the King holiday came to be

| January 15, 2016

For many, it seems that there always has been a national holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, numerous celebrations are held throughout the country, including here in Fort Wayne, where the MLK Jr. Club hosts one of the biggest and most respected Unity Day gatherings in this part of the country. […]

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Racism, bigotry doing well in Republican Party

Racism, bigotry doing well in Republican Party

| January 4, 2016

By Roger Caldwell NNPA News Wire Columnist As the 2016 election heats up, there is something wrong in a party when the candidates don’t want to operate with political correctness. In this election cycle, the Republican candidates have decided to think and behave as an outsider. By acting as an outsider, they are not obligated […]

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Open expressions of racism

Open expressions of racism

| January 4, 2016

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA News Wire Columnist The other day, a friend of mine, after hearing the latest rants by presidential candidate Donald Trump, asked whether we are better off with open expressions of racism than having such expressions silenced. I found the question quite interesting and provocative. It spoke to the nature of […]

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President Obama celebrates 150th anniversary of 13th Amendment

President Obama celebrates 150th anniversary of 13th Amendment

| December 28, 2015

By Janelle Berry Special to the NNPA News Wire from the HU News Service WASHINGTON—Ask Americans what the Emancipation Proclamation is and most who know of President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order will respond like 20-year-old Ebony Harris, a student of Howard University from Chicago and say, “Isn’t that the thing that freed the slaves?” But, […]

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defends racism from bench

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defends racism from bench

| December 22, 2015

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist On the same day that President Barack Obama gave a stirring and historically grounded commemoration regarding the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, the one that “abolished” slavery, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia chose to disregard tenets of equality and opportunity from the bench during […]

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

Beyond the Rhetoric: Why can’t we win the terrorist war?

| December 16, 2015

By Harry C. Alford NNPA News Wire Columnist It has been two years since our president declared the ISIS movement a “JV” team. He implied this terrorist coalition was no big thing and we shouldn’t worry about it. Since that time ISIS has stretched its footprint to Libya, a majority of Syria and a significant […]

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Will Obama be acknowledged as a transformative president?

Will Obama be acknowledged as a transformative president?

| December 11, 2015

By Roger Caldwell NNPA News Wire Columnist As President Obama completes his second term, the political pundits are debating if his time in office was transformative. In “Leadership: Theory and Practice” by Peter Northouse, the author established that a transformational leader must usher in dramatic change by engaging, connecting, and motivating. The president’s most significant […]

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