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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL: Blackonomics: The change we’ve been waiting for

BY JIM CLINGMAN   In light of the conversations about police abuse, unwarranted stops and arrests, and homicide cases involving Black people and police officers, many Black people get angry, maybe have a march, and then go home to await the next incident. Some of our organizations do their usual thing by making loud threatening statements and then get back in line until the next crisis hits. Amos Wilso ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Child Watch, How to keep our Black boys alive

  BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with the understanding it can happen to any of them at any time. Terrell Strayhorn is Director of the ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Tear down the walls of economic inequality

BY DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for the final time on Capitol grounds Friday morning. Many South Carolinians hailed its ceremonious removal as a “new day” for their state as we ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY JAMES CLINGMAN: Who can we turn to politically?

 “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag Black folks are in now that Barack is on his way out and the focus is on 2016 presidential candidates. I thought about how Black folks are nowhere in the political conversation, neither on th ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY REV. JESSE JACKSON, Selma’s lesson: The struggle continues

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Selma by celebrating the ordinary heroes who sacrificed so much to make America better. Noting that nearly 100 members of Congress were in the audience, he urged them to return to Washington to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, weakened by the ill-considered decision of five conservative Supreme Court Justices in Shelby County v. Holder.  ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS, Twin evils: Terrorism and racism

  There are two related violent phenomena in that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism. President Barack Obama’s recent White House Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” reminded many of us in Black America that violent acts of “extremism” have not been isolated just to the Middle Ea ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, More evidence of Obama’s hostility toward HBCUs

BY GEORGE CURRY As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). According to Lauren Victoria Burke’s Black Caucus blog, CrewOf42.com, “President Obama was critical of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during a mee ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Majority of Black Americans are living through worst economic conditions in modern history!

BY PHILLIP JACKSON OF THE BLACK STAR PROJECT IN CHICAGO  Welcome to America, where Black Americans are more likely to be under-educated, unemployed and imprisoned than their White peers; where Black Americans, in general, have significantly less wealth, dramatically lower-quality housing, much poorer nutrition and sub-standard medical care.  This is an America where Black people remain relatively silent whi ...

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OUR VOICE, “Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?” by George Curry

  Is Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities? If he’s not, he’s going to have a difficult time convincing HBCU presidents, trustees and alumni. Surprisingly, Obama has become their worst nightmare. Neither Obama, the First Lady, the Secretary of Education or the president’s closest advisers attended an HBCU and, consequent ...

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