The Radical King: Is The Absence of Tension the Presence of Justice?

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Antonhy Samad: IWhat black people should be using as a day of critical observation and self-examination, we use to parade and party. And you wonder why the world thinks black people are crazy for remaining in the conditions of socio-economic compromise for as long as they have.

We Are a Nation of Bullies

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David Love: Breitbart, Limbaugh, J. Edgar — This nation has a love-hate relationship with bullies. In one breath, society condemns bullying. And yet our society thrives on it, encourages it and glorifies it.

A Mother and Son Talk About Race in America

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Mom: Why do you think Martin Luther King made all those speeches? He would have accomplished nothing by not talking about race and the situation they were in. Son: Because 50 some-odd years ago the issue was awareness. Mom: The issue is still awareness, trust me.

Rick Santorum: Master at the Science of Nutrition

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Bill Fletcher: Just when you thought that you had heard enough ignorance, Rick Santorum opens his mouth. In a speech this past week he announced that given the obesity problem in the USA there was no longer a great need for food stamps.

Blacks and Obama

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Sharon Kyle: Even though blacks in America are suffering more than most during this economic crisis, they are least likely to complain that the Obama administration policies are not benefiting them.

We Need the NAACP to Address the Economic Crisis

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Bill Fletcher Jr.: The NAACP should consider reaching out to the forces that were involved, some years ago, in the Hip Hop Convention and directly engage them.

Depression for Blacks, Recession for Whites

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Sherwood Ross: Instead of investing in a framework to help blacks advance by their own initiative, the Federal government has flushed billions down the toilets of friendly foreign strongmen such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarek.

Black America Still Sees AIDS as a Gay Disease

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Irene Monroe: If black America were its own country, standing on its own like Haiti or Nigeria, black Americans would rate 16th with the epidemic in the world. And the epidemic is heavily concentrated in urban enclaves like Detroit, New York, Newark, Washington, D.C and the Deep South.

Heretics, Humanism, and the Hood

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The mental health crisis amongst African Americans is a devastating indicator of racial and social inequity, of which the prayer as therapy epidemic is an insidious symptom. Frederick Douglass once wrote, “I prayed for twenty years and received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” What would Douglass, a trailblazing male feminist, have made of the brutal ironies of twenty first century black America?

Eddie Long Scandal: Silence Doesn’t Make Church Molestation Go Away

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Anthony Samad: The presence of gay men in black churches, and not just in the choir, is significant. This is an issue waiting to break in probably every city in America. And it’s not that the congregation doesn’t know it. It is now the silent concern in the black church.

My Own Bishop Eddie Long and My Exodus from the Black Church

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Jasmyne Cannick: After having heard this same person lecture about leaving the children the alone and the importance in strong adult role models in the church, I felt brutally betrayed and made my final exit from the church and organized religion. I was not going to co-sign behavior that I knew was wrong by staying in the church.

LA Progressive Articles: March 7 to 14, 2010

Articles from Dick Price, Bob Letcher, Tim Gatto, Ed Rampell, Anthony Asadullah Samad, Paul Loeb, Tom Hall, Tim Wise, Michelle Alexander, David A. Love, Wendy Block, Rev. Irene Monroe, Andrea Nill, Mario Solis-Marich, Georgianne Nienaber, Randy Shaw, Bob Letcher, Paul Hogarth, Robert Reich, Berry Craig, Randy Shaw, Ron Wolff, Adam Eran, Catherine Allgor, Robert Reich, Joseph Palermo, Shamus Cooke,

Most Black Married Mommas Could Have Been Statistics

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If 80 percent of white children were born to single white mothers, can you imagine the hue and cry? There would be national conferences on the issue.

Black Unity: Can It Ever Happen?

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The fact is, if we had waited for Black unity to come about on the simple question of whether Barack’s candidacy was credible before we supported him, Obama would have never been elected, because the divide was in evidence and deeply entrenched.

Black America’s Double-Dealing on Drugs

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“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.” So wrote current U.S. president Barack Obama about his youth. In May 2009, Jabrai Jordan Copney, a black man, allegedly shot Justin Cosby, a black man, inside a Harvard University dormitory. Cosby fled, collapsed a block away, and [...]

Rejecting Post-Raciality: An Ode to the Life of John Hope Franklin

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The death of preeminent historian and race scholar, John Hope Franklin, and his life-long contribution to helping America understand the legacies of slavery and racial vestiges that have been carried forward, is a true loss. Franklin helped those who followed his work to understand that race is still the most entrenched socio-economic-political issue of our [...]

Lani Guinier Speaks

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Famed legal scholar, civil rights attorney and author, Lani Guinier, spoke at Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union in 2009. The first black woman tenured professor at Harvard Law School, Ms Guinier has authored and co-authored several books including Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy and Lift Every Voice: Turning a [...]

Black History and the Progression of the Black Community

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Candidly speaking, the need for a black history month would not exist if the American halls of academe did not use systematic exploitation (past and present) to minimize exposure to African-American history. The city school systems, colleges, universities, and the media are by-products of Eurocentric educational philosophies. These systems were designed to teach African-Americans to [...]

Barack H. Obama, 44th President Of The United States: Has “The Dream” Been Fulfilled?

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The day of an African American President of the United States is no longer coming. That day is here. Witnessing Barack Obama take the oath of office, in the freezing cold with a million other people, is surely one of the seven highlights of my life (along with the witnessing the birth of my four [...]

The Audacity To Win: The Notion of a President Barack Obama and What That Really Means

The euphoria has yet to wear off, and probably won’t for a while. The “shock and awe” of the looks of dazed black people walking down the street really says more than could ever be explained. Many folks I talked to are virtually speechless and just walk around shakin’ their heads, not so much wondering [...]

Election Day, November 4th, 2008: Don’t Let Change Pass You By

November 4, 2008 A Day That Will Go Down in History The day we’ve all been waiting for is less than a week away. There are times in our lives we will remember all of our lives. There are few dates in American history that represent watermark changes in American society. There are less than [...]

The Week We’ve All Been Waiting For: When Hillary Becomes a Full “Team Player”

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The Democratic National Convention was held this week, amid the hyperbole of the Joe Biden selection as a running mate and one in four Hillary supporters stating that they would not vote for Barack Obama because she was never considered. It is not a position that Black America is unfamiliar with. We experienced the same [...]

Ode to the Mac Man

One of the funniest comedians I ever heard in my life, Bernie Mac, died this past weekend. He was 50 years old. Overcoming life’s challenges is often not considered funny material. Black life in America is often recalled as sad but true. Bernie Mac had a way of relating our experiences in a way that [...]

“Black Is Back” in America

The Presidency aspirations of Barack Obama have caused a renewed discussion on race in America. The prospect of a black President has cast America in a different light throughout the world — as demonstrated by Obama’s highly successful trip to the Middle East and Europe last week.

Come On, Jesse: Don’t Hate The Playa, Hate The Game!

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Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s “live mike” comments about Barack Obama remind us that there’s always someone laying in the cut to divide and conquer Black America. For once, Black America seems to be all on the same page in Obama’s quest to become the nation’s (real) first black President.

Between the Lines

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On This Day, In This Time I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, [...]

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