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Planned attacks on Planned Parenthood

BY GEORGE CURRY Conservatives are attacking Planned Parenthood so viciously that you would be forgiven if you thought that the organization was running for president as a Democrat. It is often said, “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” Actually, the first casualty of politics is truth. That’s particularly true when it comes to the orchestrated attacks on Planned Parenthood. The anti-choice Center f ...

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How to reform the criminal justice system

BY GEORGE CURRY There is no question that the criminal justice system is broken. President Obama made that clear recently in his address to the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia. “The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners,” he said. “Think about that. Our incarceration rate is four times higher than China’s. We keep more people beh ...

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The Confederacy’s ‘heritage’ of slavery

BY GEORGE CURRY The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, S.C., was photographed dozens of times holstering the rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion on what that flag represents and prompted the removal of the flag from the state Capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C. after more than 50 year ...

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Proof that the Supreme Court got it wrong in Shelby By George Curry

  When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a popular GEICO commercial says, now we know. We now know because of extensive research conducted by William R. Kenan, Jr. ...

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LBJ’s defenders cheapen his accomplishments

BY GEORGE CURRY Lyndon B. Johnson has done more to help African Americans and poor people than any modern president. But his defenders are cheapening his legacy by inflating his accomplishments, which is an insult to the people – Black and White – who lost their lives fighting for civil rights. The first and most obnoxious example of a LBJ supporter becoming unhinged is Joseph A. Califano, Jr., President Jo ...

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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, “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: 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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