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Blackonomics: Hillary and Bernie Discover and Re-Discover Black People

by James Clingman NNPA News Wire Columnist One thing is for sure; Black folks are enjoying this latest political mating dance with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders is discovering Black people in South Carolina and Georgia, and Clinton has reopened the “leading Blacks” vault to rediscover their loyalty and willingness to present her to the Black electorate one mo’ time, y’all. Sanders, after years ...

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Why Do Politicians Treat Addiction Differently in the Suburbs?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA News Wire Columnist Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Massachusetts, a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts (and indeed, much of New England) is experiencing the devastating fallout from the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The Cente ...

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An Unreasonable Approach to the Black Vote

By Raynard Jackson Columnist Last week I had a very long conversation with a major political operative about whether there was a role for Blacks in the Republican Party, on congressional staffs, on campaign staffs, or the various presidential campaigns. The simple response is that the Republican Party is racist; they don’t care about Blacks; and they don’t think they need the Black vote. But, as me and this ...

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Political Decisions vs. Political Choices

by James Clingman Picture this headline: “Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win respective primaries.” Let that Marinate for a moment before reading any further. Now, what is your reaction? Faced with those two choices, what will you do? For whom will you vote? Will you vote at all? Or, will you go to either (or both) of the candidates and make demands, insisting that unless they support your positions public ...

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ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AT HOME AND ABROAD

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist Days before the opening of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam, the international organization that works on world poverty issues, released a report that addressed inequality. They found the international wealth gap growing rapidly. Last year, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the bottom half of the world population. Wealth has bec ...

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Should African Americans Endorse Whites over Blacks?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. So far, Edwards is the only African American in the race and faces t ...

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The Real Barack Obama Emerges

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. He was strong, progressive, firm, and relaxed. He was almost cocky as he offered a few jokes, smugly announced that he would have no more elections, and just generally exuded confidence. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely ...

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Will the Supreme Court Evict the Fair Housing Law?

Although a series of civil rights laws were enacted in the 1960s, in the 21st Century many of these victories continue to face legal challenges. On January 21, one such challenge was heard by the United States Supreme Court. By the time the Justices rule in the case of Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project, the nation’s Fair Housing Act of 1968 will either be gutted or strengthened. L ...

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Growing Up White in Jim Crow Atlanta

By Heather Gray I know much has been written about this period - primarily the 1950's and early 1960's. I am, however, sharing some of my experiences and reflections about growing up in "Jim Crow" Atlanta, Georgia. As a child I had come here from western Canada. Martin Luther King's home was about 8 miles away from my family home in Atlanta. It was so near yet so incredibly far away. One of the dilemmas we ...

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The Gantt Report – Je Suis Gantt

By Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report stands with the people of France and good thinking people around the world protesting the brutal murders of French journalists that were killed in a recent terrorist attacks on their media offices in the European nation. More than a million people joined over 40 presidents and prime ministers on the streets of Paris earlier this month in the most striking show of solidarity ...

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