Critical race theory (CRT) asserts that racism is woven into the very fabric of our nation’s institutions.
Part of what’s so insidious about the conservative assault on critical race theory is how it exploits a deep-seated rift in the Democratic coalition, one that’s been apparent since the advent of the back-to-the-city movement in the 1980s and 1990s.
I had the opportunity to meet with President Biden and Vice President Harris to discuss the appalling attack on democracy that is ongoing in state legislatures across the country, as well as other issues of racial justice.
Editor’s note: This commentary is provided by the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) of Florida A&M University.
The 1908 Summer Olympics in London were fascinating for a variety of non sports reasons, starting with the fact the Games weren’t supposed to be in London in the first place.
The Orange Ogre convinced his followers that the remedy to their frustration of seeing others enjoying the fruits of the U.S. was to reject the principles of democracy which had shaped it and brought any greatness it had achieved.
As the U.S. Supreme Court re- views abortion cases that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion, there is a lot of attention being paid to abortion rights — but not enough emphasis on the full range of reproductive health and rights issues.
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A part of me smiled at the sight of him in that white Central High School T -shirt at the news conference outside his home. A Black man had beaten a system that too often has left African Americans with a knee on their throats.
Historically, white police lived under a blue code of ethics, where killing Black people were part of the job, and there was a code of silence. It did not matter if the Black person was shot in the back, or the person was shot 50 times, they were doing their job.
Chauvin’s case may not be the celebratory win some want it to be, but it did spur movement. The ultimate win will come when local and national legislators and police departments themselves take actions that will lead to true reform. Then we can truly sing the songs of victory.
The Black experience in America has always been a story of struggle. From the plantation to the project block, from Emmett Till to Ahmaud Arbery, and from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Minneapolis, Minnesota, we have constantly fought for equality and fair treatment under the law, only to have those sa…
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The postponed and rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games are only a few weeks away. If the Japanese and International Olympic Committees can manage a COVID-safe environment, I welcome them.
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Supervision involves setting limits and consequences for going beyond the limits. It involves being consistent and teaching kids to learn to regulate their own behaviors.
The good news is that while the political establishment, including President Biden, has tended to embrace Israel, younger Democrats are questioning how our country is so indifferent to Palestinian rights.
Daytona State College has announced an extension of its popular Vets Create program in the Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art, with funding provided by the Margaret McCartney & R. Parks Williams Foundation.
Just a few days have passed since Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd. But the images from that moment are seared in our memories forever: the murderer, led away in handcuffs.
As productive as the first 100 days have been, a tremendous amount of work remains to be done. President Biden and Vice President Harris must make good on their promise to invest in America, to build a middle-class, and to restore faith in our democracy.
Caron Nazario, Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, LaQuan McDonald, Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, and Elijah McClain comprise, with the exception of Army Lt. Nazario, a list of African Americans who have become the victims of fatal en…
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Kristen Clarke is a brilliant lawyer and Americans would be lucky to have her working for us. President Joe Biden has nominated Clarke to lead the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Justice Department. The U.S. Senate is now considering her nomination. In a just world, there would be no ques…
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As stakeholders of the Bethune-Cookman University, the National Alumni Association (NAA) is ready to stand with university leaders in support of “best practices.” The B-CU Board of Trustees has a decade-long history that demonstrates the need for board reform, transparency and more effective…
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