It’s Time for Blacks to Pull the Trigger on Politics
7/2/2018 7:48:25 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: While African Americans make up just 14 percent of the population, they are responsible for some $1.2 trillion in purchases annually. It is no secret that a significant amount of money flows through the hands of Black people annually, but what does that mean if Black people aren’t using their collective financial...

REVOLUTIONARY SLAVEHOLDERS
7/2/2018 7:46:04 PM

By Oscar H Blayton   Each year, many Americans celebrate the 4th of July. On that day in 1776, it is said that “The Land of the Free” was born. But the true historical significance of Independence Day has been smothered in hot dogs, barbecue ribs and potato salad. And fireworks distract us from contemplating the economic forces that served as midwife to the birth of this nation. Four hundred years ago, Europeans invaded the Atlantic coast of North America and fought each other and the indigenous peoples for control of the land. By 1763, the British had made deals...

House Approves Bill Expanding Treatment for Opioid Abuse
6/27/2018 5:00:00 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily. The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It incorporates dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers have made a campaign-season priority. In urging the passage of the bill, many lawmakers told personal stories about how opioid abuse has affected constituents, family and friends. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the story...

Evil Personified
6/27/2018 3:45:57 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   The past week saw a new level of evil and political degradation at the American border with the unbearable images of crying children being taken away from their desperate parents and locked up in “tender age shelters” and warehouses, with some even kept in cages. For many people of faith, the suggestion that the God of the Scriptures would somehow endorse the Trump administration’s callous cruelty towards children and immigrant families is literally beyond belief. The Hebrew Scriptures stress over and over the importance of welcoming the...

NAACP on the Civil Rights Front Lines: Trump’s War against Civil Rights
6/27/2018 3:40:47 PM

By Derrick Johnson President/CEO, NAACP   BALTIMORE—Recently, the NAACP, alongside members of the Congressional Black Caucus, gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill to demand a halt of the Trump administration’s continued attempts to force Thomas Farr—a known racist with ties to the late segregationist Senator Jesse Helms—into the federal judgeship of North Carolina. Located in eastern North Carolina, this federal district under this judgeship has one of the highest densities of African American voters than any other part of the state, making Farr one...

Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest
6/27/2018 3:39:05 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who often...

Federal Regulator Ready to Reform CRA but Won’t Say If Discrimination Exists
6/27/2018 3:30:41 PM

By Charlene Crowell   When the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was enacted in 1977, urban disinvestment, redlining and blockbusting were widespread across the country. Credit was also tight in rural communities where the mortgage needs of rural residents were mostly served by smaller banks. In both types of communities, little oversight paid attention to fair lending. For communities of color, CRA was welcomed with hopes that banking and credit needs would be as fair as they were accessible. Clearly CRA was intended to address lending discrimination aimed at individuals and...

Evil Personified
6/25/2018 2:34:45 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright   The past week saw a new level of evil and political degradation at the American border with the unbearable images of crying children being taken away from their desperate parents and locked up in “tender age shelters” and warehouses, with some even kept in cages. For many people of faith, the suggestion that the God of the Scriptures would somehow endorse the Trump administration’s callous cruelty towards children and immigrant families is literally beyond belief. The Hebrew Scriptures stress over and over the importance of welcoming the...

NAACP on the Civil Rights Front Lines: Trump’s War against Civil Rights
6/25/2018 2:32:26 PM

By Derrick Johnson President/CEO, NAACP   BALTIMORE—Recently, the NAACP, alongside members of the Congressional Black Caucus, gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill to demand a halt of the Trump administration’s continued attempts to force Thomas Farr—a known racist with ties to the late segregationist Senator Jesse Helms—into the federal judgeship of North Carolina. Located in eastern North Carolina, this federal district under this judgeship has one of the highest densities of African American voters than any other part of the state, making Farr one...

Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest
6/25/2018 2:28:23 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who often...