Commentary

  • A Practical Prescription for Achievable Reform

    As legal proceedings move forward in the wake of the death of Mr. Freddie Gray, we must also seize this moment in our history to better understand and respond to the underlying social and economic conditions that contributed to the unrest and violence that have endangered the future of our ...

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  • It’s All About Love

    Legalization of same-sex marriages by the United States Supreme Court has rattled a whole lot of people, especially Black folks whose faith has been rooted in an Old Testament worldview of homosexuality as a sin committed with alacrity by flawed humans. Everything is moving too fast, they say. ...

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  • STOP CELEBRATING – GET TO WORK

    (Updated 5/26/2015) TriceEdney – The morning of June 25, 2015 brought us another civil rights milestone.  On that morning the Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and gave it a new lease-on-life.  Likeminded friends and I shared the news on the telephone, texting and with ...

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  • “Gag Order” Silences the Truth About Police Brutality

    How can we effectively combat police brutality if we cannot know the details of that brutality? Last month, amid the fallout from Freddie Gray’s killing, a news story appeared that may not have garnered much attention, but that had significant implications for how activists can challenge police ...

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  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

    TriceEdney – Many have given their opinions.  Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the subject of race and the right of self-identification.  My central question is, “With events occurring in the world that require serious attention, why is there so much interest in a white woman, Rachel ...

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  • An Open Letter To Dr. Maria Thompson

    Welcome to Coppin State University and Baltimore Dr. Thompson. The community is so proud that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents (BOR) chose to select you to be the first woman, and the first woman of color to serve as Coppin’s president. Fanny Jackson Coppin is smiling ...

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  • Ferguson is Still Everywhere If You’re Black

    It’s been 250 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Mo. by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson got rich, famous, and a vacation after killing Mike Brown, a phenomenon that is occurring all too often across the U. S. ...

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  • THE DANGER OF BEING BLACK

    TriceEdney–I come from a family that includes a Texas State Trooper, a Louisiana Deputy Sherriff, several Houston police officer and lawyers. I believe in following just laws, but, I will picket, protest, write about and speak out against unjust laws and treatment.  I know racism has ...

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