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Nov 30th


The deception: Whites as individuals, flawed

The deception: Whites as individuals, flawedNobody asked me, but I'm getting sick and tired of reading Joe Soucheray's painting Adrian Peterson as a "savage child beater."

Peterson flew his son to Texas for a summer vacation. AP appears to have been trying to foster a relationship between half siblings. AP disciplined his son for pushing his younger half brother off a bike. I applaud AP for his attempt to build family and establish behavioral parameters.

Justice tech: Making jails and prisons work

Justice tech: Making jails and prisons workPresident Obama's impassioned call for criminal justice reform at last week's NAACP national convention was the latest sign that bipartisan criminal justice reform is on the way. In the midst of this movement is another, untold story about an army of entrepreneurs that is changing the way jails and prison work for the better.

Obama calls for criminal justice reform

Obama calls for criminal justice reformWhenever the president of the United States speaks to a national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), millions of people pay attention. As a former Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP, I listened very carefully to President Barack Obama's recent historic keynote address to the organization's 106th annual convention in Philadelphia.

Thurgood Marshall's legacy: Equal justice matters

Thurgood Marshall's legacy: Equal justice mattersThis month marks what would have been the 107th birthday of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Given our long struggle for equal justice in America and the need to continue to press forward to ensure freedom, justice and equality for all, it is important to reflect on the key principles upon which Thurgood Marshall achieved his monumental success.

America -- What do we do after Charleston?

America -- What do we do after Charleston?"For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . ." – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII

Hailing a cab while Black? It's still a problem

Hailing a cab while Black? It's still a problemIf you had to guess the single strongest factor in determining who escapes poverty, what do you think it would be? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is transportation.

Neutralizing the Right Wing political agenda

Neutralizing the Right Wing political agendaThere's a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their progressive allies can be used to pressure businesses to do the right thing, which in turn can keep the far right wing in check.
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