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Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295

MLK’s murder – Seven years ago, I wrote this about Dr. King’s assassination, and its lifelong impact on me: Strange what you remember and what you don’t. Other than family births, deaths, etc., the 1963 JFK (I was in second grade) and the 1968 MLK (seventh grade) murders are two of a handful of events […]

Sanctuary mayors same as defiant Southern governors

Sanctuary mayors same as defiant Southern governors

CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COMMENTARY Elected Democratic officials in “sanctuary cities” openly defying federal immigration laws remind me of those Democratic segregationist governors in the South who challenged and disobeyed federal civil rights laws. Sixty years ago, nine Black students who became known as the “Little Rock Nine” were initially prevented from entering a […]

Forget about fake apologies from White racists

Forget about fake apologies from White racists

How many times will White racists continue to make despicable and deplorable comments towards African-Americans? Here’s the answer – for as long as they can get away with it. Every time White politicians/commentators slip up and make lewd remarks about African-Americans, they are quick to apologize, if they are pressured. And so quick is the […]

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month

MICHELLE WILSON GUEST COMMENTARY Forty-nine years ago this month, on April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap and family status.  This important law also made it unlawful for a housing provider […]

In defense of messed-up HBCU boards

In defense of messed-up HBCU boards

JL CARTER SR. GUEST COMMENTARY Dozens of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) presidents over the last few years have been fired, but only a handful of them of earned the defense of University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Marybeth Gasman in the pages of national news. Outgoing Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson became the […]

‘Sanctuary cities’ and Black community control police

‘Sanctuary cities’ and Black community control police

Advocates of Black community control of police need to do some serious examination of the swirl of issues surrounding the fight over “sanctuary cities.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions upped the ante, threatening to withhold not only future federal funding to cities that refuse to vigorously enforce federal immigration laws, but to claw back Justice Department […]

Don’t ever stop resisting!

Don’t ever stop resisting!

The Democratic political puppets had a congressional victory over the Republican political puppets. Whoop-de-doo! To all the community activists, organizers, radicals, militants and political revolutionaries: Don’t stop resisting! You cannot and must not bask in your moment of triumph! I know something I think I know a little bit about politics. Most African-American candidates and […]

How the Black Press fought the US government

How the Black Press fought the US government

In a 1977 book celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Black press on March 16, 1827, Dr. Lionel Barrow, then executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, noted that the Black Press had four basic functions. Those functions were and still are to act as a watchdog, to answer attacks, to […]

Black empowerment today, tomorrow, forever

Black empowerment today, tomorrow, forever

The presidency of Donald J. Trump has morphed into a system that seeks to promote White supremacy, better known as “Make America White Again.” His concept of how the government works is a laughing matter. His foreign policy isn’t based on working together with foreign powers to help end war and establish peace; it’s centered […]

Hillary Clinton should never return

Hillary Clinton should never return

Hillary Clinton is back. She is wearing makeup, posting on Twitter and making public appearances. She declared that she is “ready to come out of the woods” and made a campaign-like visit to Scranton, Penn. She has licked her wounds and watches as her losing strategy of linking Donald Trump with the Russian government gains […]