WHITE RAGE

By Oscar H. Blayton LBJ was right, but wrong. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said of the Democratic Party, “We have lost the South for a generation.” However, President Johnson’s estimate of the damage done to his party in the eyes of white America...
Beyond the Rhetoric By  Harry C. Alford As a veteran who served my country, I feel strongly that others who serve are entitled to leave the military with an education and become further educated so they can advance in civilian society. It’s one of the most important things we can do...
By: Larry Ivory, President and CEO at Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce; Jaime di Paolo, CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce To say that times are tough is a vast understatement, right now. There’s a raging pandemic making people and loved ones sick, the economy is faltering with...

LESSONS FROM TEXAS

By Julianne Malveaux Texas was freezing, and Senator Ted Cruz was looking forward to sizzling his way to a Cancun vacation. People didn't have drinking water and were advised to boil anything that came out of their faucets. That’s easy enough to do when you have no power. Some resorted to...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon Williams It is probably one of the last things anyone wants to hear but you can’t ignore the elephant in the room. The dread of a race war in America is no longer a harrowing threat. It’s here. It was never realistic to conceive that it would happen in...
By Julianne Malveaux Now that the impeachment trial of the 45th President is over, perhaps our legislators can turn their attention to working people, or more accurately, those who used to work and are not now working. There were 18 million more unemployment insurance claims now than a year ago,...
If we want to build economic stability in communities that have been devastated by the deadly COVID pandemic and its destructive economic wake, we must first shore up protections against practices that strip the meager wealth of those very communities. That’s why I call on Governor Pritzker to swiftly...
Vernon A. Williams
By Vernon A. Williams The former occupant of the Oval Office better not be too quick to take victory laps just because those in his party who fear him more than God let him off the hook again. His reckoning may soon come from a number of other legal sources...
Oscar H. Blayton

THE HEROES WITHIN US

By Oscar H. Blayton Each February in schools across the nation, pictures of well-known Black historical figures are mounted on bulletin boards in commemoration of Black History Month. These figures are presented to young American minds as Black heroes to be noted during the shortest month of the year, and then...

WHAT IF WOMEN DIDN’T TALK?

By Julianne Malveaux Patriarchy baffles me as much as white supremacy does. How do the men, birthed by women, consider us inferior? When we raise our voices, we are irrational or hysterical. When we are emphatic, we are hostile. According to former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, we talk too...