Commentary

  • Thoughtfulness in the Midst of Crisis

    We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has left more than 52,000 children, many without their parents, in limbo at America’s borders. Texas, along with other southwestern border states, has experienced an influx of undocumented immigrants. It is during these times that we all ...

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  • Debt Settlement Programs are Misleading

    You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In ...

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  • Liberty, Justice, and Opportunity for All

    On July 2nd, our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of a major achievement in the ongoing fight for social justice. On that day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation that permanently changed the trajectory of millions of destinies for ...

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  • Summer Enrichment in STEM subjects sparks student growth

    As technology increasingly changes our world, traditional ideas of how to prepare students to successfully graduate college and access a lifetime of rewarding careers also change.  Part of what it takes to be successful in the 21st century—which some of today’s students will see through to its ...

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  • The Black Press – The Voice of Black America (Part I)

    During this year’s annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Convention in Portland, Ore., I was reminded that Black Americans have a long, storied tradition of newspaper publishing. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal in 1827, ...

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  • Supreme Court Seeks to Gut Labor Unions

    The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf. The Supreme Court’s conservative ...

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  • The Supreme Court’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Scam

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.” In one case, involving the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and the Conestoga Wagon Specialties company ...

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  • The Creation Myth of the United States

    I have a story to tell you .  .  . one pulled out of an old trunk. . . from corners of our collective memory. . . from hidden stories of Americana . . . from the dirt swept under the rug . . . from the backroads of history. This will not come as […]

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  • Getting the racist stain out of the wood

    I began my legal career in 1967 doing civil rights work in Louisiana. I had many extraordinary experiences there, but the one that made the deepest impression on me occurred in the Louisiana Supreme Court library. When I looked for a rest room, I found two: one for “White men” and a ...

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  • Phew! The Supremes Saved My Cell Phone

    I enjoy watching the Supremes. Realizing people might think I am talking about the singing ensemble (that I do like), I feel I should clarify that I am talking about the Supreme Court of the United States. It is a unique group and frankly, despite all the pundits who predict their actions, I ...

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