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Can we all just get along?

I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point. Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee hours of the morning March 23, the Senate finally passed a budget by the narrowest of margins, 50-49. Four Democratic senators jumped ship to side with Republicans, probably becau ...

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Black Democrats, Black Republicans fight each other for crumbs

On several occasions, I have listened carefully as a couple of Black Republican colleagues cite the grievous shortcomings and sins of the Democratic Party. More often than not I found myself in agreement with much of their analysis. After their critique is finished, I ask the Black Republicans what should be the response of Black people to their analysis. Their answer is, “Switch to the Republican Party.” T ...

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More youth priced out of college

Morehouse College, one of the most distinguished historically black colleges — with graduates like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, film director Spike Lee and others — literally shut down for spring break this week. As its 2,000 students took their break, every member of the faculty and staff was furloughed without pay as the college struggles to balance its books. ...

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We’ve only just begun

Mayor Coleman A. Young’s portrait was moved this week from Cobo Hall to Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, as if there was some attempt to honor the legacy of the city’s first Black and longest-serving mayor’s legacy. The move coincided with the first week of Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Kevin Orr who, along with representatives from the Snyder administration, settled into work on the 11th Floor of the ...

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