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The Black Press endorses President Obama

By Cloves C. Campbell, Jr. A few years ago, NNPA was holding its annual board meetings in March in Washington, D.C., when then Sen. Barack Obama walked in the room to welcome the publishers to Washington. He indicated he wanted to share some news with us. The news was that he was planning on seeking the office of the president of the United States of America. There were some young and many older publishers ...

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Polls don’t decide elections

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA In late September, the “nonpartisan” Web site Real Clear Politics reported that President Obama led Republican nominee Mitt Romney in several battleground states. According to the polls, President Obama led by 5.2 percent in Ohio, 4.5 percent in Virginia, 4.2 percent in Nevada, 4 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Florida. Do we believe the polls? I’m not so sure. But I surely don’t ...

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Deconstructing contradictions and constructing the truth

By Elena Herrada I recently attended an event that featured a brief film about the progress Detroit is making on its “comeback.” The narrative was clearly the voice of philanthropic interests and corporations (and their finger puppets, nonprofits). Among the developments presented, one I find troublesome and perplexing is the initiative to bring “legal” educated immigrants to boost the economy and be “creat ...

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Conservative whiners and their inferiority complex

By A. Peter Bailey Trice Edney News Wire One of the favorite sports of conservative propagandists on television, radio and in the op-ed pages of newspapers is to hurl accusations of “whining” at anyone who insists that race is a major force in the economic, political and cultural life of this country. They are often joined in this sport by their Black brothers and sisters from another mother. At least once ...

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The silence is deafening

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Trice Edney News Wire Last week, The New York Times reported a horrifying measure of America’s shame. Life expectancy for white women without a high school degree had decreased by five years since 1990, according to a study in Health Affairs. Five years. The least-educated white men lost three years in life expectancy. And the life expectancy for American women is now dead last ...

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All labor is obsolete

By Mujahid Malikulmulk I vehemently disagree with your headline “Black Labor ‘obsolete.’” The truth is labor is obsolete, regardless the skin color of the laborer. I applaud Dr. Claude Anderson for pointing out the disparity between business ownership in the 1920s as compared to now, but it’s only half of 1 percent of the real problem. The real problem we evade like the proverbial ostrich with its head in t ...

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Apartheid in Blackface brings catastrophe to South Africa

AFRICAN ANALYSIS By Mark P. Fancher On March 21, 1960, several thousand people stood resolutely outside of the police station in Sharpeville, South Africa to protest the brutal, oppressive system of racial segregation known as apartheid. White police officers who served the country’s white minority regime opened fire on the crowd and killed at least 69 of the Black protesters in cold blood. The shock waves ...

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Important school issues are ‘off the table’

By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Trice Edney News Wire The Chicago teachers’ strike got national attention, much of it presuming that the biggest issues are pay and evaluation. But the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has stated that the two sides have in fact been very close on pay. And union members have no objection to evaluation. They just want a system not so skewed to standardized, high-stakes testing. These tes ...

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Netanyahu’s ‘red line’ is just a red herring

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon II Trice Edney News Wire The Huffington Post and other sources have reported that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu requested a meeting with President Obama to discuss tightening restrictions on Iran and President Obama has rejected his request. Netanyahu has been trying to get the Obama administration to support Israel’s attempt to set a “red line” or boundary around Iran’s nuclear dev ...

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A vote for consumers

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney News Wire In this 2012 election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase, his lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will “deep pockets” Romney prevaricate enough in his ubiquitous advertising to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has recently faltered. That, too, is the fodder for national news ...

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