Fifty-one years ago, on March 24, 1966, the United States Supreme Court struck down the last poll taxes in this country. It was a victory for the American people and for the case’s lead plaintiff, Annie A. Harper, an elderly African American woman who could not afford to pay Virginia’s poll tax to cast her ballot. That spring, it looked like the United States was on its way … [Read more...]
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When artist Dana Schutz presented Open Casket, an abstract painting of Emmett Till's open casket — the Chicagoan, 14-year-old African American male teen lynched in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955 — she could not have fathomed the conflagration that erupted. The painting hangs at the Whitney Museum in New York City, but under the daily watchful eye of protesters … [Read more...]
For those who may have been unaware, the Minnesota legislature is presently proposing drastic cuts to the funding of transit that will, if it stands, send shock waves through the Twin Cities Metro Transit and cause undue hardship to many who rely on public transportation. Upon close examination, there appears to be no justifiable or good reason for the draconian measures. If … [Read more...]
Rep. Maxine Waters responded to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly's comments mocking her appearance Tuesday by declaring she would not be intimidated by "right-wing talking heads." “I'm a strong Black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined,” Waters said in an interview on MSNBC. “I cannot be thought to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly or anybody." During an … [Read more...]
Conclusion of a two-part column Part one, published in the March 16 issue, described the 2016 HBO documentary Class Divide about a pricey Manhattan private school, Avenues, across the street from a low-income housing project where none of the youth can afford the school’s tuition, raising painful questions about the effects of gentrification. Without question, the … [Read more...]