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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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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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