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Leave Your Rights at the Door

Posted 06/30/2014

Just when we thought the rights of women, workers and minorities faced enough setbacks, it appears the nation’s highest court has done it once again. The Supreme Court’s majority has very clearly shown where its interests are — and they are not with the people.

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Justice for the Central Park Five

Posted 06/23/2014

As we welcome a settlement for the Central Park Five, we must address the issues that landed them in jail without sufficient evidence: police and prosecutorial misconduct, coerced confessions and media messaging that often depicts minorities as thugs or troublemakers.

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Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer

Posted 06/16/2014

After so many marched, organized, petitioned, registered voters, and risked their lives and livelihoods — and some even died — how do we as a country allow their victories to be stripped away before our very eyes? If there was ever a time to have a renewed Freedom Summer, that time is now, in 2014.

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Donald Sterling Debacle: Shake Down or Shake Up?

Posted 06/9/2014

Basketball is more than just a game; it is representative of what goes on in our nation on a larger scale. In so many areas we see businesses and corporations making tremendous profits from black buying power — which is projected to reach $1.1 trillion in 2015. But how often do we see those same entities recruiting, hiring, and promoting from this same constituency?

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I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Posted 06/2/2014

Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn’t disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.

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Racism & Bias — Can We Pause and Be Honest with Ourselves?

Posted 05/27/2014

We cannot continue to deceive ourselves that we are somehow ‘post-racial’. It’s going to take courage to be honest about our challenges and create resolutions that can truly move us towards greater equality.

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Violation of the Spirit of Brown V. Board of Education

Posted 05/19/2014

Educational inequality isn’t a notion from the past; it is happening right now all across this nation. And the facts simply don’t lie.

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Bring Back Our Girls and Let’s Stop Ignoring Africa

Posted 05/12/2014

The reality is, until things reach a critical point, the world tends to pay no attention to hostilities or challenges in Africa. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at modern history.

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The Death Penalty Must Go

Posted 05/5/2014

Until we have a full-proof justice system that treats everyone equally under the law, we cannot falsely believe that everyone executed is in fact guilty. The process itself is cruel and in one of the most modern countries on the planet, there is simply no place for it.

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So Much for a ‘Post-racial’ America

Posted 04/28/2014

We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.

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