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To Blacks: Keep off the sidewalk!

In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of the unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, Robert Zimmerman Jr. in a post-verdict interview said Trayvon Martin was “… armed with a sidewalk.”  Really? Sidewalks according to Robert Zimmerman Jr. are weapons.  I thought they were paved walkways along streets for walking on.  I…

If not death then what will inspire blacks to abandon belief in post racial ideology? The Case of Trayvon Martin

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin jury verdict that declared George Zimmerman, not guilty for taking the life of the unarmed black teen, it is my hope that blacks are rethinking whether America is post-racial, coming to the conclusion that she is not and abandoning their embrace of this false ideology. The election of…

Affirmative Action

M. Kelly Carr, an Assistant Professor at University of Baltimore’s School of Communication Design recently wrote a piece for the Baltimore Sun entitled Supreme Court signals the end for affirmative action as we know it.  The actions by the high court continue a disturbing trend in the erosion of policies that sustain socioeconomic justice for…

Stop and Frisk vs. Voting Rights Act: The Importance of Contextual Discourse

Question:  What do you get when you discuss a racial discrimination issue in a racial context? Answer:  You get a policy that makes the racial discrimination illegal. Question:  What do you get when you discuss a racial discrimination issue in a non-racial context? Answer:  You get the invalidation of a policy that makes the racial…

President Obama’s Response on Voting Rights Act Fuels Belief that Race Doesn’t Matter

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 5-4 vote ruled that parts of the Voting Rights Act are no longer valid. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, stated the rationale for the repeal is that the country has changed for the better. The conditions over the past 50 years that required…

Does the “N” word ever mean anything good?

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.  I remember this rhyme from my childhood.  I don’t know its origins, but as a black child born during the mid-1960s, I wonder if it was used to shield marginalized people from the taunts and stings of racism.  Nice as it sounds,…

Being Optimistic While Black

Blacks are reporting optimism about their progress and prospects in areas such as financial security, home ownership and employment.  Economic data, paint a stark contrast to black optimism.  Two key areas of black socioeconomic well-being are unemployment and wealth.  These are two areas in which blacks fare especially poorly relative to other races.  Since 1972,…

Can common fate and collective action displace discordance to stabilize Howard University?

Originally published June 17, 2013 In Vice Chair Renee Higginbotham-Brooks’ April 24, 2013 letter to the Howard University Board of Trustees, she advised that the University is essentially in financial trouble and failure to act collectively will mean the demise of the institution within three years. Howard University’s troubles detailed in Higginbotham-Brooks’ letter include: The…

The Contrition Effect

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone:  The Contrition Effect Originally published June 11, 2013 David, God’s handpicked King of Israel, a great political and military leader and one whom God declared a man after His own heart was an adulterer and orchestrated the death the soldier whose wife he was having sleeping…