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Sterling and Bundy are embarrassing, but real threats are from Supreme Court, Congress

“Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on,” goes the refrain of a famous song from the Civil Rights Movement. We marched for freedom — for new laws that would end segregation, guarantee equal rights, enforce voting rights and provide affirmative actions to help correct decades of being locked out or left out. We couldn’t let lunatic sheriffs or Klan rallies or jail distract us. We had to keep our eyes on the pr ...

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States’ refusal to expand Medicaid: Deadly attack on the poor

We pledge allegiance to “One nation, under God.” When terrorists attack us, we unite as one to defend our nation and our countrymen and women. Yet, we allow the doctrine of the Confederacy — states’ rights — to divide us, even to the point of costing Americans their lives. Charlene Dill, a resident of Florida, was a 32-year-old mother of three. ...

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‘Just us’ justice slams doors of opportunity, reinforces white privilege

The Roberts Supreme Court decided, last week, the state of Michigan had the right to vote against affirmative action policies in college admissions. The University of Michigan is one of many where mediocre white students challenge the fact that African American students, far more qualified than they are, have been admitted to college. This has happened in Texas and California, among other states. These chal ...

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Black life and death not a public concern

In spite of all the dazzling media tools bringing about instant global communication, Black life is still often devalued, marginalized and grossly under the radar of public concern. Two startling recent examples of this repugnant negligence happened in Chicago and in Nigeria. Major news organizations are giving virtually blanket coverage to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 lost somewhere over the Indian Oc ...

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Right-wing U.S. House budget bill hurts Michigan families

Who would turn their back on a battered woman? Who would steal food from a hungry child? Who would attack Medicare and the Affordable Care Act? Apparently, U.S. House Republicans have. A congressional budget is a statement of our priorities and values. It’s a contract with the American people. It contains public investment and spending. ...

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Black children deserve better

Forerunners like Carter G. Woodson, Mary McLeod Bethune and George Washington Carver must be walking out of their grave sites because of the dismal state of Black children across the country. In their time, they faced enormous obstacles and had far less financial support. Today, even with billions of dollars being poured into education, African American children still find themselves in inadequate and poorl ...

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Black America was silent during Rwandan genocide

It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination. Dramatized in the film “Hotel Rwanda,” the events of 1994 were linked to both the externally imposed economic poli ...

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High insurance premiums turn many Detroit motorists into hit-and-run drivers

Detroit leads the nation in the number of deaths caused by hit-and-run drivers. In fact, according to Michigan Crash Facts, Detroit accounts for nearly 50 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities in Michigan. The spike in vehicular homicides over the past few years in the city of Detroit has inspired many writers to comment on it. Most of their observations, however, appear to deliberately shield big corporati ...

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Makes you wanna holla!

The world, or more accurately, events in the world are moving at an ever increasing rate of speed. If I had to describe it in terms consistent with the general hyperbole of the typical television news reports, I’d say today’s world events are cascading in ever increasing and more bizarre terms than anyone would have expected 10 years ago. ...

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Voting in November 2014 midterm elections more important than ever

Last week in Austin, Texas, three former United States Presidents and President Barack Obama came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination and segregation based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The Civil Rights Act also offered greater protections for the right to vote, paving the way for the ...

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