By Julianne Malveaux When a seventeen-year-old white boy walks down the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a loaded automatic weapon, he is cheered and thanked by the police and offered a water bottle. No matter that he’d killed two people and wounded another. His attorney says it was self-defense, and...

We salute the worker

The iron worker, the truck driver, the teacher, the waitress, the drill press operator, the superintendent, the carpenter, the nurse, the phlebotomist, the social worker or workforce development specialist. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing the first Monday in September of each year as a...
The problem with hyperbole is that it diminishes the impact of genuinely dire circumstances. Those who constantly spout apocalyptic rhetoric become easy to ignore. Even necessary to ignore. Like the boy who cried, “Wolf.” But the danger that faces us as a republic is not a figment of imagination. It...
By Charlene Crowell As the nation’s double dose of health and economic crises continue, many consumers believe that federal assistance to make ends meet has virtually disappeared. The $600 weekly federal supplement to augment state unemployment benefits expired July 31, and the Paycheck Protection Program again stopped accepting applications on August 8. A...
By Vernon A. Williams The United States of America boasts, “In God we trust,” claiming to be “One nation, under God, indivisible.” The rhetoric is pervasive but the reality is far more suspect. Few topics spark as much polarization as religion, but the conversation is imperative in these times of crisis. What is the status...

GET YOUR BALLOT NOW

By Julianne Malveaux What would you do if somebody walked by your house and promised to rob it the next day? Most of us would take every precaution, checking the locks, the doors and the windows. Some of us might weapon up, making sure we could defend our homestead. Some...
By Vernon A. Williams Let’s face it. Too often the most consistent and deeply-rooted impediment to the quest of Black Americans to realize dreams and aspirations is NOT the “white man.” It is the brother and sister so full of self-contempt that he or she can’t imagine supporting or encouraging...
By Charlene Crowell Public pressure to restore a key HUD rule has united civil rights, public and private sector stakeholders in a swelling and nearly daily drumbeat of concern calling for fair housing to be supported and HUD’s replacement rule to be rescinded. On July 23 the rule known as Affirmatively...
By Vernon A. Williams There will be more false news reporting, blatantly inaccurate social media posts, unfounded rumors, baseless allegations and unimaginable distractions poured into public consumption over the next 10 weeks than anyone has experienced in the past 10 years. It is fact, not hyperbole, that the United States is...
By Delta Jones-Walker Exactly three years ago, I wrote this article for the millennial generation. As I read over it, I am amazed at how relevant it is now more than ever. I added one more tip to the list, but all else remains the same. Please share this information...