Every so often, a person is thrust into the world’s spotlight and unexpectedly becomes a catalyst for change in the world. Such was the case with George Floyd, a resident of Minneapolis, MN who, on Monday, May 25th, 2020, lost his life at the hands of a police officer...

We Wear The Mask

By John W. Fountain We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes. —Paul Laurence Dunbar I was born in a pandemic, shaped in the waters of strife, separated from my mother's life-yielding placenta, thrust into a world infected by hate. I am Black and male. Born in...
The Black community has had many individuals who have spent a great deal of their lives in service to group progress. Sometimes these people are lauded after their demise, while others get a chance to smell their roses while they are here. The Crusader is happy to say that...
The upcoming United States presidential election is probably the most important one that will matter in this century. It will determine the direction of our country for years to come. The survival of our democracy is clearly at stake, as “tiptoe totalitarianism” slowly takes hold of our society. At this...
The COVID challenge is revealing a lot of rips in the social fabric of America, and the chief architect of that rift is coming from the very top of this country; from the Oval Office. President Donald Trump has been the focal point of this pandemic since it touched...
It has happened again. A young Black man jogging in Glynn County, Georgia, a short distance away from his home, was stalked and killed by white men alleging self-defense. A video has surfaced showing that on February 23, 2020, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down by a father/son duo,...
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our view of life in so many ways that it is almost hard to keep up. But this we must do in order to come out of this situation whole. One of the elements of our society that we were somewhat aware of has...
The age of innocence, i.e., the period of mature adulthood in the U.S. is probably over. At least, this is the case if the conversations around the current COVID-19 pandemic can be believed. The world, and especially the United States, which is leading the world in new cases, has...
The 50th Anniversary of the observance of Earth Day took place on April 22, 2020. The celebration of this day was established for the purpose of demonstrating support for environmental protection. The initial observance was in 1970, and it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more...
One of the ironies of life is that sometimes we hide the truth from ourselves in order to justify unpleasant realities. When this happens, the same mistakes will be repeated because we inadvertently hide our dirty laundry. The fact is, however, that we do have dirty laundry, and it...