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It is no secret that our country’s criminal justice system has consistently proven to be biased against minority communities of color. Statistics published by the NAACP show that even amongst those found guilty of crimes, African-Americans continue to be disproportionately sentenced to life in prison, face higher drug sentences, and are executed at higher rates […]

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Spiritually liberal, socially conservative

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Did Barack Obama lie to us, or did we lie to ourselves? Originally published on January 6, 2010 in Psychology Today Back in the early 1970s, I interviewed a young Jewish woman, Sara Levy (a pseudonym), whose family was totally, I mean totally, committed to the Black Liberation Struggle of the 1960s. Both she and […]

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In the Age of Obama?

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Since Barack Obama emerged on the national political scene, his presence has invited a sense of acute nostalgia, unrelenting inspiration and, to many, a serious brand of racial surrealism. His ascension has, in part, transformed, or has at least sharpened the lens through which the contemporary world may now view and consider racial politics. But […]

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Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

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But It’s Up to Us to End This War By Julianne Hing, RaceWire From President Obama’s speech to accept the Nobel Peace Prize today: There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.I make this statement mindful of what […]

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No confusion when it comes to the “isms”

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On Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Cleveland edition of the Call & Post, a weekly newspaper with a largely black readership, published a front page, above the fold editorial criticizing Ohio State Senator Nina Turner for her recent support for Issue 6 that called for county government reform with an elected county executive.  As […]

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Outcry for Obama to lead the race discussion

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In “A Job Too Big for One Man” (November 3), Op-Ed contributor Orlando Patterson underscored the limits of President Obama’s ability to advance the cause of racial justice, and emphasized that he “can’t do it alone.”  Patterson is right in what he said and wrong in what he implied.  While he is right the President […]

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Congressman Chaka Fattah talks education

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Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) serves on the influential Appropriations Committee. He is also a devoted and passionate advocate for education and educational opportunities for all of the nation’s children. Congressman Fattah contends that one of the most persistent and pervasive injustices in our educational system is that poorer communities suffer from under-qualified teachers, substandard facilities […]

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Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves on the Joint Economic Committee as well as the House Task Force on Health Care Reform. He is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and former chairman. Also, the congressman is a member of […]

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“During the campaign, [Obama] promised to nominate someone who’s got the heart and the empathy to recognize what it’s like to be a young, teenaged mom. The implication is that our judges today don’t have that. Do you realize how astounding that is? The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, to be […]

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On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. According to the president, “the purpose of this council is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in matters of public policy.” Acknowledging that women and girls have unique experiences and challenges that […]

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