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Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive once they leave our classrooms. Over my more than 15 years in education, I have learned that to…

NFL Must “Provide a Better Platform” on Racism and Criminal Justice Reform

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League “We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex.” – National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the National Anthem at the start of games, he…

What is a Black Identity Extremist?

By Julianne Malveaux While White men are beating Black men on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, while a lone White wolf is shooting people from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, while the word “terrorist” is hardly used to describe these men, the FBI, under the leadership of the racist Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions, is thinking…

America Being Forced to Face Conflict Between its Founding Principles and its Racist Reality

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests, and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue.” – James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time…

We Americans Must Face Our Addiction to Guns

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone gunman firing from a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel savaged a crowd gathered to watch a country music show.…

Racist Extremism Remains a Crisis in the United States

By Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League Now, therefore, be it resolved that Congress rejects White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States urges the President and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse…

Thinking This Thing Out

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   The living arena is something that, if you’re alive while reading this, you should know that it is a constantly challenging phenomenon. To say that in plain English may not be suitable because the undeniable fact that each tender moment in the living process is becoming so very fragile may be…

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Racism 101 – Denying Civil Rights

By Barney Blakeney   This is an issue I really didn’t want to weigh in on –  former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s upcoming speech at The Citadel. I got an email from Charleston Rep. Wendell Gilliard protesting Bannon’s invitation to speak to the Citadel’s Republican Club. I got bad vibes from the get-go. I really…

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Halloween Is Not About Racism

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Halloween is children’s most favorite times next to Christmas.  They get to dress up as their favorite characters and go door to door trick or treating. Like most experiences for children, they start out innocently and oftentimes grow out of control.  I can remember my days trick or treating and it was…

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Alone to My Journalistic Thoughts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I’ve been thinking about what to put out for this week’s column for a few days, and I’m now challenged as usual to get busy and do what I have to do. In many ways, it’s an endless process, one which I’ve been privileged to do for almost thirty years and…

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Nov. 7’s Not A Time To Stay Home

By Barney Blakeney Next week voters will go to the polls to elect candidates to a variety of public offices in many different communities. But in this climate of extreme political consequence, I read something the other day that makes me shudder. My man Hicks, a columnist for the daily paper, wrote about the depressingly…

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Life is an African Experience

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s raining outside as I attempt to gather my thoughts for another column and the continent of Africa is on my mind.  I can’t quite explain why, but the parallel between the the Motherland and nature are now very much in my somewhat laid back thinking experience. With perception and perseverance, and…

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