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America’s murderous historical continuum

“Can a Negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country and sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed into existence by the Constitution of the United States … they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for…” Chief Justice Rog ...

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Incognito Effect: Why Jayru Campbell needs a second chance

Jayru Campbell, the top-notch teen football recruit, now in trouble for assault, was being groomed for a cutthroat competitive environment in collegiate sports. So, is it any wonder he allegedly body-slammed a Cass Technical High School security guard after a hoodie confrontation? A presumption of innocence always exists, but most have seen the video that went viral. The schoolhouse skirmish seemed — quite ...

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Carbon regulations

Imagine growing up near a coal-burning power plant with its giant smokestack towering over your neighborhood. Meanwhile, the plant’s excessive air pollution chokes out the skyline and clogs your lungs with a mix of deadly pollutants. Imagine an asthmatic child having to watch her friends play outside while she can’t. Or the mom who can’t afford to pay for her son’s medication. Or the factory worker who can’ ...

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Remembering Malcolm 50 years later

Feb. 21 marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Omawale, “our Black shining prince,” Malcolm X. This year is also 50 years since Malcolm delivered “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech. Brother Malcolm made numerous speeches, and it is hard to imagine one that was not inspirational, informational and powerful. But, “The Ballot or the Bullet” is a milestone speech because it ...

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Another Florida man gets away with murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State. It was incredulous George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman and wannabe cop, was found not guilty of murder after killing the unarmed Black teenager who had visited a nearby convenience store to purchase candy and a can of iced tea. ...

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Clarence Thomas lacks institutional memory

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is at it again. Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era. During his confirmation hearing and around it, Mr. Thomas excoriated his own family, speaking of his sister as someone (and I paraphrase) waiting around for her welfare check. He was equa ...

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Stop brain pollution: Racism, stereotypes and prejudice

When I take a stroll through my memories, I always seem to come to the first basketball game I ever attended. I and the rest of my Girl Scout troop were jumping around New York City — high off excitement and candy. We were going to see the New York Liberty Women’s basketball team. Though the fog of time obscures the details, I remember jogging down the city block when a woman in front of me dropped her mone ...

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‘Raising Black Males’

I am so very disturbed by the issue regarding the Cass Tech quarterback, Jayru Campbell. I have seen the video of the body slam of the security guard. I watched as Jayru’s single mother was interviewed, sharing how her son does not know how to release his anger appropriately. Then, I watched as the media, law enforcement, educational professionals and students have weighed in on the charges filed by the Way ...

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Monetizing a murderer

Had he not murdered Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average white man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar and aspiring for a law enforcement job. He and his wife would probably be divorcing (as they are now) on account of his brutality (she cites his beatings in her divorce proceedings). Nobody, but nobody, would know his name or give a hoot about him. Though a jury found Zimmer ...

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Dr. King ‘turning in his grave’ over family greed

The children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sue each other — as well as loyal family friends — so often you need a program to keep up with the court action. Bernice and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter because he failed to open the books of their father’s estate. Dexter, hoping to sign a $1.4 million book contract, sued Bernice, who administers their mother’s estate, for not sharing their parents’ love le ...

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