Before the Mayflower author, freedom-fighting journalist dies at 89 Perhaps no other voice — or pen — captured the real life of Africans and African Americans like Lerone Bennett, Jr., the former editor of Ebony and Jet magazines who died on Wednesday, February 14 at the age of 89. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Bennett suffered from vascular dementia. Among his … [Read more...]
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Frederick Douglas is dead. Last year this time, however, President Donald J. Trump didn't appear to know that fact. In kicking off Black History Month 2017, Trump hosted a “listening session” at the White House leaving listeners scratching their heads wondering if he knew Douglass — a self-liberated former slave turned abolitionist — died in 1895. The press looked to … [Read more...]
The instrument that first shaped this nation and guaranteed its power was not the Constitution it was gunpowder. Chinese black powder to guns was inevitable. Europeans used it first but it is not the inventions that are bad, it is the people who put them to bad use. Democrats and Republicans must not dismiss that guns and gunpowder backed the building of this nation (and … [Read more...]
Good to see the MN Spokesman-Recorder keeping the homeless crisis on the front page with Charles Hallman's article, "Advocates use Super Bowl to highlight housing crisis," (February 1-7). But the approach talked about in the article is shortsighted. For organizations to pay peoples’ rent without holding landlords accountable is a form of codependence. Currently, landlords … [Read more...]
In the wake of a recent series of anti-consumer actions taken by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump-appointed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s acting director, a bicameral call for accountability was released on January 31. The effort was led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two other Congressional Black Caucus members, … [Read more...]