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An Answer for Confederate Apologists

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Someone identifying himself as Jimmy Oliver sent me an email objecting to a column I wrote under the headline, “Confederate Traitors Don’t Deserve to be Honored.” I presume he wrote to get a reply, so here it is, with Oliver’s words in italics. I do not appreciate you calling my ancestors traitors, Benedict Arnold or traitors. Well, I do not appreciate your ancestors enslav ...

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Forging a Strong Legacy - Recent Successes Have Brought Obama’s Swag Back!

Who said that during the last two years of a presidency that the POTUS becomes a lame duck? Just when you thought that President Obama had become a toothless tiger, the last few months have shown why the man was elected in 2008. He bested congressional Democrats and got trade legislation passed – by the way, many said that it would be impossible. Then the Supreme Court upheld his most prominent achievement ...

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Release Low-Level, Non-Violent Drug Offenders

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal ...

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Obama has Evolved into the President I Voted For

by Keith Boykin (BET) I recently posted a Twitter photo of President Obama meeting with inmates at the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma and noted it was the first time any sitting U.S. president had ever visited a federal prison. The reaction online was stunning. In a country that incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth, many were shocked that no other president had bothered to take ...

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Neutralizing the Right Wing Political Agenda

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their progressive allies can be used to pressure businesses to do the right thi ...

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The Confederate Flag was Never ‘Misappropriated’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I listened to a South Carolina state legislator announce his support for pulling down the Confederate battle flag (of the Army of Northern Virginia) from the South Carolina statehouse. In the course of his quite interesting comments, he argued that the Confederate flag had been misappropriated by hate-groups. MSNBC talk-show host Chris Hayes politely aske ...

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Rewriting Confederate History

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it. They cl ...

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Has the “Lost Cause” Finally Lost?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist  Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion–treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it recently – finally been irredeemably shredded? History is being made now. Not just “ordinary” history, but momentous history. The kind of history that will even more deeply mark this moment in time – the Obama ...

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The Confederate Flag a Symbol of Racism in America – SC Take it Down

I don’t know what angered and upset me the most – hearing about the nine blacks murdered in the Charleston, South Carolina African Methodist Episcopal church or hearing some of the nonsense coming from Republicans running for President. This reminded me of a quote in the bible that basically says, that it's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. So when people like Lindse ...

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Left and Right Converge on Criminal Justice Reform

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist While social change for some may appear to be inevitable, it does not happen by osmosis, and it does not occur without a focused effort led by those who are not restrained by the fears of social transformation. An effective reform of the system of laws, courts, policies and institutions defined as the criminal justice system in the United States of America requires ...

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