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Beyond the Rhetoric: How will we know the right one to vote for?

BY HARRY ALFORD During the last seven years we’ve seen our nation go from an economically challenged state of affairs to one of confusion, division, hate and hopelessness. It isn’t what President Obama promised but he did say he was going to fundamentally change America. He has done that and we are in a worse position since the 1970s. Our rivals (Iran, China, Russia, etc.) no longer fear us. They, in fact, ...

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Dream of home ownership a nightmare for Blacks

BY HARRY ALFORD Without argument the sub-prime mortgage crisis was the most devastating economic attack against Black America in history. We saw it coming, but did nothing about it. Mainstream banks such as Wells Fargo showed no shame in fleecing Black communities. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (two government sponsored enterprises) strayed way off their charters and soaked up severe amounts of risk. It began ...

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The internet at a crossroads

BY HARRY ALFORD The communications network of the National Black Chamber of Commerce has evolved along with the Internet. When we first started back in the late 1980s, we would write and print out letters through a pinwheel printer. To print out 50 copies of a letter would take about an hour. Then, we would mail the 50 letters and wait a couple of days for them to reach our database. Before long, we would d ...

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