In politics, 2015 was the year of insults for those seeking the Republican nomination for president. And Donald Trump was the undisputed Insulter-in-Chief among his numerous lowlights: Trump insulted former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s appearance by saying: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? I mean, she’s...
We have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Mother Land.” We were visiting Kenya and went to a music event. One of our hosts...
The Gary Roosevelt Class of 1969 has staged prayer breakfasts for at least the past 10 or 15 years – roughly the same period of time I’ve been in Indianapolis. The early start of the event never allowed me to participate – that is, until last year. The reason that...
Our late, great ancestor, Dr. Asa G. Hilliard’s book, The Maroon Within Us, once again reminds us of a major problem that we, as African people in America, are besieged by. Dr. Hilliard described this problem as cultural surrender. In explaining the problem, Dr. Hilliard wrote, “African Americans remain...
Jannie Ligons is an Oklahoma City grandmother who left a friend’s house to drive home. She collided with Daniel Holtzclaw, the rogue police officer who seemed to think it was part of his duty to sexually abuse Black women. He raped them because he could. They did not accuse...
The United States Supreme Court has always been reluctant to take on the issue of race with any sensitivity toward Blacks. In its famous Dred Scott decision, Justice Roger B. Taney, writing for the majority in 1857, said Blacks, had been "regarded as beings of an inferior order and...
Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs have passed us by due to the noncompliance of Section 3 by each and every HUD Administration since the beginning of the program in 1968. There is too much resistance from the “Poverty Industrial Complex.” These poverty pimps do not want people...
Do you believe in miracles? Let me share a personal holiday story. No, not just a story…a testimony. Christmas came early for me this year. It was less than two weeks before Thanksgiving. My thirtysomething daughter – Bridget – who lives in, works in and loves her some Chicago was vacationing...
As we enter a New Kwanzaa Season, we must remind ourselves of the continued challenges that we face. The fundamental issue that Africans in America must face is centered around the continued assault by the systems of racism and white supremacy that keeps us in bondage, servitude, and often...

Eloquence and Arrogance

On the same day that President Barack Obama gave a stirring and historically grounded commemoration regarding the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, the one that “abolished” slavery, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia chose to disregard tenets of equality and opportunity from the bench during the...