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Dr. King’s words echoed in Bernie

March 10, 2016

Most Blacks who will vote in the Democrat primaries for the 2016 presidential campaign would vote for Bernie Sanders if they followed the logic of a speech Dr. Martin Luther King gave in New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967. In candid and unpretentious language in a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time […]

During this election season, Black political power still not fully realized

March 4, 2016

Some will reflect on 2015 as a year of renewed civil rights mobilization. Whether catalyzed by the loss of Black lives, restrictive state voting laws challenged in court by Black voters and their advocates, or the golden anniversaries of Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many of this nation’s Black communities demonstrated […]

Does any presidential candidate “deserve” the Black vote?

February 26, 2016

Michelle Alexander, the brilliant author of The New Jim Crow, writes in The Nation – that Hillary Clinton does not “deserve” the Black vote. She makes a strong case. She reminds us that the Bill Clinton administration yielded a draconian crime bill and welfare “deform” (I call it “deform” instead of reform because the Clinton […]

The Republican Primary’s poisonous legacy

February 19, 2016

With last week’s primary in New Hampshire, this year’s momentous presidential contest has now begun in earnest. At last, the political world has actual votes in actual ballot boxes to focus on. But looming behind all the critical issues of policy and process that are — and are not – going to be discussed is […]

Leading the march toward criminal justice

February 11, 2016

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done. My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. . . . I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character […]

Thank you 1808

February 5, 2016

A heartfelt thank you to editor, Tina Firesheets; writer, Amanda Lehmert; and photographer extraordinaire, Scott Muthersbaugh for the February cover feature on the Carolina Peacemaker and my family in 1808 magazine. It’s not often a magazine writes a feature on the endeavors of another publication. On behalf of my family and the staff at the […]

The Economics of Water

January 29, 2016

“Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” — The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I can hear the backroom discussion now: “We can save money if we stop taking our drinking water from Lake Huron and start using water from the Flint River instead.” Those may not be the […]

Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

January 22, 2016

Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving policy focused on cutting spending. Flint residents are Americans, but […]

Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at risk

January 15, 2016

Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school. Among members of the African American middle class, my story isn’t at all uncommon. If you asked […]

What will you sacrifice for justice?

January 8, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Those students across the country who are protesting campus racism need to keep that quote in mind as they assert their […]

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