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Feb 11th


Our white liberal conundrum

Our white liberal conundrumOne of the enduring debates since the enslavement of Africans in the American colonies has been the extent to which well-meaning whites can appropriate Black suffering and be a true participant in our liberation. From the roots of the abolitionist movement to the Niagara Movement, and subsequent founding of the interracial National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to the Civil Rights Movement, the issue of 'white intention' has been a point of conflict not only between purportedly liberal whites and Blacks, but within the Black community.

Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system

Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice systemWhenever I have an opportunity to rejoin the transformational activities of the civil rights organization that was founded and led by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am always eager to participate. Such was the case July 23 in Baton Rouge, La. The occasion was the 57th annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and I had been invited to participate as part of a panel on criminal justice reform.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for protecting youth from the harms of tobacco

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for protecting youth from the harms of tobaccoThe Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance designed to protect our youth from the harms of flavored tobacco. This ordinance removes cheap, flavored tobacco such as cigars and cigarillos from convenience stores and increases the price of these products to $2.60 each. Previously, these products were available for as little as two for a mere 88 cents. Cheap and attractive to our youth!

Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?

Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?What's on the minds of many high school students these days—the start of a new school year, getting a driver's license, worrying whether they'll make the team, perhaps daydreaming about college and sweating over SAT exams? But that's not what three Black male high school students told a Children's Defense Fund audience this summer they're thinking and worrying about.

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of serviceHorace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tenn. into a family of privilege. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was a noted educator who served as president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where such notables as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson were frequent guests.

Sandra Bland's life mattered

Sandra Bland's life mattered"Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn't have escalated in a different community. I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they're stopped by the police."
– United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, July 2015

One year after Ferguson: Change still must come

One year after Ferguson: Change still must comeAfter three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal injustice
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