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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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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY GEORGE CURRY, “Ed Brooke doesn’t get his due”

Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved. Though two African Americans were elected to the U.S. Senate during the Reconstruction Era by the Mississippi legislature – Hiram R. Revels and Blanche K. Bruce, both Repub ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY GEORGE CURRY: 2014: Unfair and unbalanced media

  (NNPA)-Fox News, which mislabels itself as “fair and balanced,” was anything but in 2014, according to MediaMatters.org, the independent media watchdog group. The way that the right-wing network covered the deaths of police officers in 2014 is a case in point. “The politicization surrounding the killing of two New York Police Department officers over the weekend was amazingly swift. Fox News led the ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, “A license to kill Black men”

  From nearly the moment he was attacked by a New York City police officer July 18, the world has, via that chilling video, watched Eric Garner die. Are we now about to see the “traditions” that led to his death and – thus far – have enabled his killer to escape justice die, too? Moments after the news broke Dec. 3 that a New York City grand jury had voted not to indict the White police officer whom vi ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Mr. President: Come to Ferguson, MO

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR. Ferguson is too important to be treated on the margins.  It is too important to lead the news one day, and disappear the next.  The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the police response to the demonstrations that followed, the horror of a clearly biased prosecutor driving a grand jury to fail to make an indictment – all this isn’t simply about Ferguson.  There is a Ferguson i ...

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Our Voice, Guest Editorial by Marian Wright Edelman, Families struggle: Child poverty remains epidemically high

The U.S. Census Bureau’s new poverty data for the states show millions of families struggling mightily to keep their heads above water in the wake of the Great Recession. Fourteen states saw statistically significant increases in their child poverty rates, 26 states saw small increases, and nine states and the District of Columbia saw small declines in child poverty rates last year. ...

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