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OPINION: Reparations — The 800 lb. bale of cotton in the room

At the center of this debate, the 800 lb. bale of cotton in the room is the ongoing quest for African Americans to be considered equal — to be considered human. A U.S. Senate would never recognize the atrocities committed against European American citizens but deny them just compensation for their loss, reparations, restitution. ...

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Trayvon’s mom to Michael’s mom: ‘If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us.’

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. ...

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OPINION: A vacation policy

Our national policy does not entitle people to vacation time, sick leave or other kinds of leave. Too often, employers provide it as a “perk” not a necessity. Still, when you look at our unproductive Congress taking a month-long break, you have to wonder why everyone doesn’t get his or her perk. ...

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OPINION: From Voting Rights Act to Voting Rights Amendment

Those progressive landmarks are now under attack. Conservatives have never liked Medicare or Medicaid. (Conservative icon Ronald Reagan derided Medicare as “socialized medicine,” years before he was even elected governor of California.) Nor have right-wingers ever liked the Voting Rights Act. The neo-Confederate wing of the GOP in particular has always chafed under federal supervision of its (often unfair) ...

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Obama: Making history is not enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic.  On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.  On Aug. 28, 2008, Obama became the first Black to be nominated by a major U.S. party.  On Nov. 4, 2008, Obama won the presidency with 365 electoral votes to 173 for ...

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