2:25 AM / Tuesday July 7, 2020


Poverty issue missing on the presidential campaign trail

July 31, 2012

Wealthy Americans are amply represented among the off shore tax evaders. This money could bankroll business start ups, business expansion, fatten federal and state tax revenues, and create thousands of new jobs. This would do much to blunt the steady march upwards of those that slip into the poverty ranks.

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Romney’s disastrous prescription for the black jobless crisis

July 15, 2012

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has managed an incredible feat. In a Google search of millions of references of his campaign speeches, interviews, and his writings, I could not find a single word that he has written or spoken about the greatest economic crisis that faces any of the nation’s voter constituencies.

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Why Romney bothers to address the NAACP

July 5, 2012

Every Democratic or Republican president or presidential candidate since 1920 has either directly addressed the NAACP annual convention or sent a warm message. The ritual is even more imperative for the nation’s top politicians to follow during a presidential election year.

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The Real America

July 4, 2012

I kind of knew that I was going to wind up writing a piece on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upholding the individual mandate of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Insurance plan. Why? I guess it’s because, as they say in trailers for revenge movies, this time, it’s personal.

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The Tragedy, Triumph and Tragedy of Rodney King

June 25, 2012

Less than two weeks before his death, I was scheduled to interview Rodney King on the public stage at the annual Leimert Park Book Fair in Los Angeles. I had two conflicting thoughts about the interview. One was that if the well-worn term, accident of history, ever applied to anyone, it was King.

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Even Obama’s dog draws racial fire

June 17, 2012

The racial pillorying of First Lady Michelle Obama was bad enough. The occasional snide digs and ugly depictions of President Obama’s daughters were even more despicable. But now the presidential family’s pet Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, has taken heat.

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Media’s portrayal of black youths contributes to racial tension

June 3, 2012

Mainstream media often portray African American youths, especially black men and boys, as criminals, crime victims and predators. These stereotypes, according to social justice advocates, can create a racially charged atmosphere that results in violence such as the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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No Justice, No Surprise…

May 28, 2012

Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system. George Zimmerman had bruises and scratches on his body that he got from Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman also has a host of supporters that have been contributing money to his defense and he’s raised about $140,000 so far.

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Obama doesn’t have a gay marriage dilemma—the rest of us do

May 20, 2012

Having hedged on the issue for three years, President Obama says his great epiphany finally came as the result of conversations about equality and fairness with his obviously enlightened daughters, Sasha and Malia—though the cynic in me is loathe to buy into the totality of that story.

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