America (Still) Has a White Problem

By Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead In 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, in response to the violent racial attacks that were happening throughout the country, stated that the problem this country was facing was neither a...

Ben Carson’s Political Malpractice

By any measure Ben Carson is at the top of his field. The renowned surgeon has established a clear and irrefutable legacy in medicine. His life-altering surgical procedures are the stuff of legend, and...

A Different Conversation On Charter Schools

By Nadar Ali Why are people so resistant to “charter schools?” We’re at a pivotal moment, with growing doubts about the future of alternative, non-traditional or nonprofit public schools, widely known as “charter schools.”  In cities...

One Week, Two Sides of Obama

Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for...

Marc Morial…The State of Black America 2010: Responding to the Jobs Crisis

(NNPA) – This week, the National Urban League released the 34th edition of the State of Black America, our annual assessment of the economic and social progress, or lack thereof, within the African-American community....

George E. Curry…Two Lawyers’ Groups Have Reservations about Kagan

Although the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have enthusiastically endorsed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, two key legal groups have so far refrained from endorsing the former Harvard law dean amid...

A Blueprint for a Healthier Baltimore

In thousands of conversations with community members, businesses, grassroots organizations, and elected leaders across Baltimore, I have seen how our City continues to wrestle with deeply-rooted issues of poverty, racial inequality, and structural racism. Here...

Dear Black People…

By Karsonya Wise Whitehead For 400 years, we have tried to appeal to White America’s humanity. We preached love and practiced non-violence even in the face of hatred and terror. We worked within their system,...

The Year of the Black Quarterback

Sports is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams, there is no doubt that African Americans can...

Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf

In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action...

The Republicans Control Congress. Now What?

The third-highest ranking member of the Republican controlled House of Representatives gave a speech before a White supremacist group run by David Duke in 2002. And while Steve Scalise of Louisiana apologized after the...

Bungling the Telling of Black History

If you relied on Hollywood’s revisionist historical docudramas, you’d think that White men fought to the death to win freedom for America’s Black slaves while they sat passively and sang spirituals until liberty was...

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