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Let me tell you about that church cat

Let me tell you about that church cat

Felines are some of the world’s most predatory animals. But which one is at the top of the list? Well, people say the lion is the king of the jungle. But could the predatory feline king be the tiger? Perhaps the puma, jaguar, cheetah, mountain lion or even the black panther could be most predatory. […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294

King Don and the art of interruption – Twitter is to your new prez as “chaff” is to military aircraft: a distraction to ward off scrutiny of his administration.  Here’s the definition of chaff from the website globalsecurity.org: “Chaff and flares are defensive mechanisms employed from military aircraft to avoid detection and/or attack by adversary […]

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents

CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COLUMNIST It’s increasingly clear that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has become the Democrats’ racial shock troop brigade in the war of obstruction and resistance to President Trump’s domestic agenda. This is just one more example of the CBC’s pattern of putting the Democratic Party before the problems and needs […]

Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating?

Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating?

There was a time when it seemed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seemed to be invincible.  It was the early 1990s and this newcomer from Arkansas, William Jefferson Clinton, was the right guy at the right time.  He named a guy who came out of nowhere named Ron Brown to head the DNC.  That […]

Trump launches an attack on education

Trump launches an attack on education

The effort to repeal and replace health care is generating headlines, and the attempt to investigate our 45th  president’s Russia connections is of high importance. The specious claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, too, has generated interest, largely because it is unprecedented for one president to accuse another of a felony, and because […]

We need Black newspapers now more than ever

We need Black newspapers now more than ever

OSCAR H. BLAYTON GUEST COMMENTARY In 1960, Blacks in Virginia watched as the state changed the laws against trespass to make it a more serious crime, and the penalty was raised from a $100 fine to $1,000.  This action was taken by the then all-White legislature in an attempt to combat the civil rights movement […]

Coffee and pictures in the White House

Coffee and pictures in the White House

There is nothing unusual about so-called Negro leaders being invited to state, federal and local government institutions to meet with newly elected politicians. Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Liberals do it. Conservatives do it. Politicians of all political persuasions and perspectives, at some time during the early stages of their terms in office, invite […]

Reflections on my life of advocacy

Reflections on my life of advocacy

March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals around the world. It’s time to reflect, assess, evaluate, and decide whether to continue writing the column or bring it to an end. First, I sincerely thank you, the readers, for indulging what must be an obsession for me: economic […]

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

esseIn “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens contrasted the plight of the poor in France with the lavish wealth of the aristocracy, the city of need with the city of greed. That harsh exploitation eventually erupted in the French Revolution, and the brutal revenge of the revolutionaries on their former oppressors. In some ways, […]

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities

Black folks with nothing better to do were up in arms for a day about Kellyanne Conway’s feet buried in the Oval Office sofa messing with her phone while the presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities crowded around Donald Trump’s desk. Some others have written about Betsy DeVos’s note on HBCUs, which revealed her stunning […]

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