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Blame a Black Man: The Ebola Version

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent. But you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who can’t understand why President Obama hasn’t banned flights from the affected West African countries. The Obama ...

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If You Vote — Or Don’t Vote — Complain

by Thomas Knapp So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Question: If I don’t drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car w ...

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Report Card on Black America

Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit the very small increases or decreases of most of the measurements that comprise the year-to-year tally. But that doesn’t make the document itself insignificant. F ...

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Apple Reveal Shows the Time for Action on Diversity Has Come

By Jesse Jackson Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded a lineup of six white men to present its new products. Even the entertainment — U2 — was all white. Women, American Americans and people of color are major consumers of Apple products: the iPhone, iTunes music, ...

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Your Inspiration to Vote in November

POLITICAL CAPITAL by Gayle Andrews Governor Rick Scott is a very strange man. I say that because he belligerently continues to do things that make him the most unpopular governor in Florida history. The first rule of politics is: get people to like you or you won’t survive. After a nearly four-year rule and many hurtful policies, His Highness Rick Scott has managed to unite the vast majority of Floridians a ...

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