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The torch has been passed

The passing of Chokwe Lumumba, William Worthy, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, Elombe Braath, Sam Greenlee and Vincent Harding in the last few months marks a turning of the page for Black people in this country. If you don’t know the history and the accomplishment of these great people, each having contributed a unique page to the struggle of the former slave to be seen simply as human and be afforded the rights and dignity of human beings, then get to know them. They were all activists in their own right: a novelist, a theologian and liberationist, a warrior poet, an anti-imperialist radical journalist, a staunch pan-Africanist, a poet laureate and a ground-breaking politician. They have left a gaping hole. Their legacies await fulfilling. Continue Reading →

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The LA Clipper players sent a message that racism is not okay

Donald Sterling’s recent remarks offer a glimpse into the thinking of one of the “one percent.” It reveals that capitalism and racism are indeed joined at the hip and how employers really see the folks who make them rich. It also shows just how Black athletes are really seen by those who depend on them to make their fortunes. Some of this has been coming for a while. College athletes have long been on a legal plantation codified by the plantation owners, the NCAA, which gets to make the rules about whether college athletes (employees/slaves) should get paid. The NFL Combine along with the NFL’s very intrusive interview process is starting to look more and more like a slave auction. Continue Reading →

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You can always do the right thing

 

As we enter the season when folks think about peace and goodwill toward all, I am struck by the many times folks have an opportunity to make a difference to actually change things — or at least make a dent in injustice — but when they are confronted with the opportunity, they pass. Everyone on some level, I believe, knows that we live in a society and in a world that is desperately in need of change. Our society in particular is clearly in need of more love and concern and compassion. Most people want to see their neighbors do well. I think it’s safe to say that most folks think that people should be able to eat, have clean drinking water, shelter, clothing and work that provides a sufficient living as well as dignity. Continue Reading →

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Greatest political shows on earth come and go again

 
We’re suckers for the same old promises
 

The Republican and Democratic conventions were little more than a show. And like most shows, when it’s all over you realize it was a lot of “sound and fury” yet “signifying nothing.”

Every four years, this show makes promise after promise. The “Republicrats” promise rain, and when a few raindrops hit a few of our kind (the poor, the colored, the immigrant, wage workers), we run around singing their praises as if our socio-economic drought has ended. Incredibly, the plot is not difficult to figure out; it’s the same one all the time. It goes something like this: Let’s figure out how to keep what we the rich and powerful have, and convince them, the working class, that they have a stake in our success. Continue Reading →

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