Behold, the Christmas Grinch cometh
12/27/2017 1:34:11 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder I never have to look at the calendar to know when the Christmas holiday season is approaching. As soon as I lay down my fork on Thanksgiving Day, the battle drums begin to roll. Somebody, who apparently does not have much of a life, takes a pot shot at the Christmas holiday. You would think, from some of their comments, the Christmas holiday was the greatest conspiracy in all of human history. According to these protesters, the very word "Christmas," offends them to no degree. They forbid people to say cheerfully, "Merry Christmas," as if those...

Republican tax bill robs the poor to feed the rich
12/27/2017 1:33:51 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently passed on a nearly straight party line Republican vote in the U.S. Senate is, like the House-passed bill, a moral abomination. Their enactment would be the death of America’s dream for tens of millions of children. The House and Senate bills favor the wealthiest Americans and most powerful corporations over poor and moderate-income children and families—billionaires over poor babies and powerful corporations over poor children. They are evil. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned that “America is going to hell if...

Lessons from the African-American vote in Alabama
12/27/2017 1:33:31 AM

By Dr. John Warren The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesn’t matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama. In spite of the endorsement of President Donald Trump and the extremely conservative White voters who supported Roy Moore, Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate won the for the United States Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 25 years. How he won is very important to African Americans across...

Is the future in jeopardy with Millennials?
12/27/2017 1:33:15 AM

By Natalia Castro Millennials are letting their country down in the simplest way possible, by no longer believing in their country. The concept of patriotism has been perverted amongst Americans youngest generation as this group distances themselves from the basics of the Constitution. In order to truly make America great again, political change is not enough, but a cultural shift to solve the way in which this country’s youth view their nation’s future. The American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) conducted a comprehensive study from October to November 2017 which sought...

The sheep and the goats
12/27/2017 1:32:51 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and...

Why is Congress complaining about the deficit when they hold the purse strings?
12/13/2017 9:33:48 PM

By Printus LeBlanc The U.S. is broke. The debt is $20 trillion and growing. Debt servicing is eating up a more significant piece of the budget pie every year. Despite Republicans winning elections because of out of control government spending, and despite Republicans having control of the budget, Republicans have not made the necessary cuts. Taxpayers should not pay tens of thousands of dollars for Doggie Hamlet. Yes, that actually happened. Congress is getting ready to vote on the budget or continuing resolution this week and many will complain about the deficit, as they should, but will...

Do Black lives really matter To Black people?
12/13/2017 9:33:30 PM

By Chris B. Bennett For years, the African-American community has been asking and insisting that our professional athletes do more for our community. We ask them to give money towards initiatives and good causes, we ask them to be role models, and we ask them to stand up, speak up and speak out on issues affecting our community. And yet, as you read this article today, there are pro football players that have taken a stance against oppression, police brutality and the killing of Black people by law enforcement officers all across this country. Yet, these athletes are under attack by the...

Hundreds rallied for Meek Mill, but what about the rest?
12/13/2017 9:32:56 PM

By Lynette Monroe Recently, hundreds of fans and supporters held a rally outside a Philadelphia courthouse, chanting for Robert Rihmeek Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill, to be released. The rapper was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his parole, stemming from 10 year-old charges, including drug possession and carrying a firearm without a license. Several media outlets have reported that the presiding Judge Genece Brinkley is now under investigation by the FBI. In the United States, there are more than 61, 000 people incarcerated for parole violations. So, to all of a...

An abominable massacre of poor children’s futures
12/13/2017 9:32:23 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman The United States Congress and Trump Administration are engaged in a morally abominable massacre of the hopes, dreams and basic survival and development needs of millions of babies, children and youths in America – 13.2 million of whom are poor. Many are hungry, homeless, unequally educated, and denied the basic protections most privileged children and youths enjoy. Children of color – soon to be a majority of our child population – are disproportionately poor, at risk of dying and being denied the basic necessities of life. While a just nation...

And God said, ‘Whatever you say, dear’
12/13/2017 9:32:01 PM

By Pete Brooks My Mom, Joan Marie Brooks, was born in the Midwest in 1926. Google reports: In September of that year—on the 11th as it happens—a hurricane formed outside Miami which hit land one week later, eventually killing 372 people, injuring more than 5,000 and leaving some 43,000 Floridians homeless. In Japan, a promising young first-born son named Hirohito was crowned Emperor. Back stateside, Miles Davis was busy being born and the Hula Hoop was still some 25 years away from sweeping the nation. Mom would have been 3 years old on ‘Black Thursday,’ when the...