Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford My early days of being an activist seem so simple now. A hot head reporter or radio personality would challenge my actions and I would simply shut him/her down with my quips and verbal jockeying. An IRS series of audits, police interrogations, being pulled...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader It’s like a broken record. When an African American dominates a field of endeavor in the U.S., invariably the public and media begin to over-scrutinize every detail of his or her existence. And even after accomplishing virtually unprecedented feats – there is this reluctance to...
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...
In progressive policy circles, and during the Democratic presidential debates, people are talking about income inequality. Though this phenomenon has always been with us, the activists who are demanding $15 per hour pay remind us that some have much and too many have too little. Senators Bernie Sanders and...
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...