Harry C. Alford, Kay DeBow
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow In the beginning of this calendar year the penetration of the COVID-19 vaccines was looking rather doubtful. The pace was slow and the penetration was not at all perfect. But somehow and some way, the determination of former President Donald Trump...
Harry C. Alford, Kay DeBow
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry Alford & Kay DeBow In many states, including the Carolinas, energy companies are planning to transition their power generation away from coal to cleaner burning natural gas. In many ways, this is a critical improvement that will result in better air quality, and ensure that customers...
Charlene Crowell
By Charlene Crowell Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed dual crises. Over 542,000 Americans lives were lost and numbers continue to increase. At the same time, the ripple effects of a massive economic downturn have caused the nation to lose 9.5 million jobs - more losses than...
Marc H. Morial, National Urban League, NUL
By Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League “At trauma centers across this country, we have seen the pain with our own eyes. We have cleaned the blood from our own hands. Sometimes the blood soaks through our scrubs and socks. We can wash away the blood, but the pain...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams While it may be a natural tendency to search beyond your immediate environment for greatness, the truth is some of the most noteworthy pages in history being written today emanate close to home. Gary native Tamara Winfrey-Harris is a shining example. She is vice-president of a major...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford The COVID-19 pandemic and events of the past year have helped usher in long-overdue racial equity and diversity and inclusion efforts. An enlightening 12 months for many business leaders and families, the opportunity gap that exists for people of color is now among the...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams The first thing folk want to claim when we find ourselves in the throes of some unfathomable tragedy is, “This is not us. We are better than this.” Well, if Americans really want to ever get a grip on problems plaguing this nation, the first thing...
blackface, Merrillville councilman,
By Robert L. Buggs, Sr. NAACP Gary Branch Legal Redress Investigator Merrillville councilman Jeffrey Minchuk apologized for his indiscretion several years ago of appearing in blackface. The apology was offered at a March 9, 2021 Town Hall Meeting. He resigned as vice-president due to the gravity of the incident. Steve Mays, Gary...
marijuana, cannabis
Systemic racism, as an abstract concept, has been much discussed over the last year. If anyone needs an example of where systemic racism actually lives in practice, look no further than the war on drugs of the last four decades. While people of all races illegally grew, smoked and...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams Words are cheap. But the cost of callous verbal indiscretions is often exorbitant. It just never ends. This week alone, Sharon Osbourne of the television show “The Talk” brought co-host Cheryl Underwood to tears challenging her offense to United Kingdom racist TV personality Piers Morgan. “The Talk”...