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When coattails become halter-top

When coattails become halter-top

There are more than a few elected officials that slid into public office on the coattails of President Barack Obama. The extraordinary high turnout of Black voters that voted for the president in his first and second elections benefited almost every Black or Democratic candidate that ran in a predominately Black city or political district. […]

Malcolm X would struggle against ‘House Negro’ leaders

Malcolm X would struggle against ‘House Negro’ leaders

Malcolm X would have been 90 years old last week if he had not been assassinated at the age of 39 in 1965. His impact on Black America, the African Diaspora, and on human history, is inestimable, but I believe Brother Malcolm’s greatest contribution to the struggle for human dignity lay in his unrelenting critique […]

When the US Army addressed racial tensions

When the US Army addressed racial tensions

I remember sitting at a boring lecture in a sociology class my senior year at the University of Wisconsin. I was reading a newspaper, looked at the front page, and noticed a list of dates. They were birthdates for the new Army draft lottery. My birthdate, February 14, was listed as the 4th number to […]

‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan ignores self-destructive behavior




‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan ignores self-destructive behavior




DERRYCK GREEN PROJECT 21 “Black Lives Matter” is a great slogan. As a Black man, I agree Black lives matter just as much as the lives of any of our racial counterparts. But chanting, marching and hashtag activism isn’t going to work unless we also are willing to see the big-picture problems affecting Black America. […]

Catholic Ireland is trailblazer for gay rights

Catholic Ireland is trailblazer for gay rights

ANTHONY L. HALL, ESQ. FLORIDA COURIER COLUMNIST It might seem a surreal joke, but Ireland became the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in national referendum last week. Pope Francis himself appeared to bless this seminal event almost two years ago when he said, “Who am I to judge them (homosexuals) if […]

Searching for the ‘Compassionate Conservative’

Searching for the ‘Compassionate Conservative’

One of the principles of civics that I hold inviolate is that which tells me to vote for the candidate who’s most likely to pursue policies and practices I believe are in my best interest and the interest of my community and country. Since the Republican presidential candidates are greater in number this cycle, I’ll […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 257

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 257

El-Hajj Malik el Shabazz – Malcolm X would have been 90 this week. I have four Black activist role models – Malcolm (Black people will bring our rights into existence “by any means necessary”); MLK (We must shift from a “thing-oriented” to a “person-oriented” society, among other quotes); Frederick Douglass (“power concedes nothing without a […]

White eyes and Black lives

White eyes and Black lives

I love my Black friends, I love my non-Black friends and I love my neighbors. But most people just don’t get it! It amazes me how many folk are so quick to judge others using their own criteria. Why is it that I know that individual people are treated in different ways, but some believe […]

When a Black mayor killed Black people

When a Black mayor killed Black people

On May 13, 1985, Wilson Goode, the first Black mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, burned down a neighborhood occupied by other Black people. As mayor, he had the power to start or stop actions undertaken by any city agency. He had the power to scuttle the police decision to bomb the house occupied by members of […]

Immigration policy: Do Black lives matter?

Immigration policy: Do Black lives matter?

TED HAYES PROJECT 21 In a nation of immigrants, do Black lives matter? Apparently not, because Black lives are effectively being ethno-racially cleansed from American society by an illegal alien invasion and a growing occupation of our neighborhoods. Black America is being challenged by what’s been dubbed by its supporters as “comprehensive immigration reform.” It […]