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Despite Recent Accomplishments: Education Still Key for Blacks in America

by Reggie Fullwood “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. . . . One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” These are the words of W.E.B. Dubois, and they written ...

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UNCF Stands its Ground in Koch Flap

By James Clingman The controversy over the recent donation by the Koch Foundation to the UNCF begs a discussion of politics, education, and business.  After receiving a $25 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation, the UNCF and its president,  Michael Lomax, took in-coming fire from the AFSME union, which discontinued its funding of UNCF because it disagrees with the Koch’s Republican views  Was AFSME’ ...

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Republicans’ Selective Memory on Executive Order

By George Curry To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again. They, of course, are Republicans in the House of Representatives. And they are going after President Obama yet again, this time over his use of executive orders, presidential directives that have been issued by every president over the past 73 years. First, let’s brush up on our high scho ...

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The State of Black Euphoria

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist How amazing it is that Black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off but yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious, and self-defeating of all other groups. It is striking how, in spite of all the negative aspects of our lives, we spend a great deal of our time living vicariously through the lives of super-stars and mega-heroes. They say “Ignorance is bl ...

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New Study Shows that Locking Up Juveniles Likely Makes Them Adult Criminals

“The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place,” said Marian Wright Edelman. And that is the essential challenge we face as we deal with juvenile offenders – how do we punish and reform without pushing youth towards a path of chronic crime as adults. It is an issue that many have devoted their lives to studyi ...

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Continuing the Work of Freedom Summer

by Hollis Watkins Racism is still alive and well in Mississippi and throughout this country just as it was in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. This clearly suggests there is much work to be done. When we look at those in control of things in this country, we see, for the most part, things are in the hands of the same few along with their descendants, carrying out the same policies executed in different ways. Fo ...

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