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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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What will (y)our legacy look like?

As America “celebrates” the countless achievements of African Americans during the February observance of Black History Month, I think it makes sense to remind each other of the things we do every day will be the historical recollections for future generations. There is no question of the value of recounting the daring exploits, the against-all-oddsbattles won, or of revisiting the horrors and brutalities t ...

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Invitation to Snyder, Patterson to tour our reservation lands

L. Brooks Patterson is quoted in an article titled “Drop Dead, Detroit,” which appeared in the Jan. 2014 issue of the New Yorker as saying, “… What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.”Our people, indigenous to the Great Lakes area, have a long history of intergovernmental ...

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Whom will the stadium benefit?

(Over a) week ago, I requested we make every attempt to refrain from using race in our daily conversations. By no means, am I oblivious to the reality of racism, which, like behaviors of prejudice, we all exhibit. Racism or stupidity doesn’t belong to one race or gender. But as a Black woman, I am sometimes disappointed in some of the things I see in my people — the Black ones and the white ones. ...

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Children are collateral damage in the War on Women

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he appealed to our nation’s employers to raise wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He has already signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to pay $10.10 an hour, an only appropriate move since so many workers on federal contracts are living in poverty. The plight of federal contract workers at the botto ...

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One thing I wish President Obama had said

I was pleased President Obama spent so much time on the matter of economic inequality and the need to raise the minimum wage in his State of the Union address. Better late than never. But there was something he did not address I wish he had taken up. Stated simply, if you want to overcome economic inequality and raise wages, you need labor unions. Yes, at one point the president did mention the term “labor ...

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Changing future Black history through our children

Carter G. Woodson, son of former slaves, pioneering Harvard-trained historian, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and inspirer of Black History Month, was very clear that celebrating our rich Black history of struggle and courage was not the same as getting stuck in the past, but if we are going to understand the present and protect the future, we must understand ...

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King’s 1963 dream still deferred

In 2003, nearly half a century after the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education had decreed “separate but equal” schools are inherently unequal, I was the only retired school superintendent in America who had ever returned to teach in an inner-city high school. The school was Detroit Public Schools’ Finney High (now East English Village under the state-created Educational Achievement Aut ...

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Judge Rhodes to Detroit: DON’T Pay the Banksters!

On Jan. 16, in the Detroit federal bankruptcy court, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a decision that promises a measure of justice in the face of Wall Street banks’ toxic threat that they are supposedly “too big to fail” (or jail). Judge Rhodes denied payments of over $169 million to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (BAML) and UBS. The motion to pay the banks was filed by Jones Day lawyers, supposedly representing ...

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