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Is China Good or Bad for Our Mother Africa?

By HARRY C. ALFORD

This question has been the subject for concerned American Blacks at least a million times. Whenever one of us travels to the African Continent the subject of questionable activity by the nation of China comes into play. After a dozen or so trips to any part of the continent (Ghana to Botswana to Kenya to Equatorial Guinea and so on and on) the shock of seeing Chinese workers and construction sites with Chinese writing on the billboards can turn a Black person’s face into a mean scowl. Much of this blame is the fault of American policy versus that of China. The United States provides much more aid to Africa than China. China regards aid differently than the United States. China’s aid to Africa is usually part of a total package of commercial investments and construction projects while the US package is purely philanthropic. More ↠

By TIFFANY DENA LOFTIN

Who would have thought that in less than 15 days, I would have to coordinate and manage 1,000 young, Black student leaders from over 24 cities on 17 buses in the name of gun reform and safety?

The reality is, sometimes the work chooses you.

I started my new job one day before the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ve got over 650 active and registered NAACP chapters on high school and college campuses across the country. We are the only organization, period, that can reach that many Black, young, organized members More ↠

By JERRY THOMAS

Recent shootings at high schools in Florida and Maryland has prompted numerous protests in the past several weeks across the country directed at the violence triggered by using a firearm: from gun deals raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm to twenty-one, from those who left a legion of shoes on the White House lawn, and colossal marches gathered every week from coast-to-coast.

Why not ask about the violence that occurs daily without using a gun? Many have lost their lives over the years from violence that comes from many other different forms without using a gun: from another type of weapon, verbal abuse, vehicles that are driven by drunken motorists, just to name a few. More ↠

By CHARLENE CROWELL

Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act. More ↠

Black Civil Rights Groups Need to Spend More Time Focused on Black People in America

By RAYNARD JACKSON

In another episode of “What the hell are they thinking,” the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over how the agency is treating people from another country.

Enough is enough. We live in the United States of America, not the United States of Everyone Else.

Last week, my column was about how Black leaders, who have been appointed by the mainstream media, continue to make every other group’s issues our community’s issues. More ↠

Stop Hoping that the Republicans Will Get Sick of Trump. They Won’t.

By BILL FLETCHER, JR.

After every Trump outrage, we go through a similar routine. Trump says or does something that most sane people believe to be over the top; he is roundly condemned; some Republicans shake their heads; masses of people ask that something be done…and then it all fades into the next news cycle.

What was different in connection with Trump’s recent alleged remarks against Africa, Haiti and Latin America—the notorious “s--thole remarks”—was that some Republicans who were in the room at the time of the alleged remarks first played dumb and then claimed that the remarks had not been verbalized. At that point, there was laughter in the audience. More ↠

By WILLIAM REED

What’s your view of Donald Trump’s system of politics and government? On the other hand, what does Trump know, or care, about American Blacks’ needs and, or political priorities?

What’ the level of communications between Trump and Blacks? In 2016, candidate Donald Trump declared that if he became president, “at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African American vote. He was elected with just 8 percent of the Black vote, Trump recently tweed that his “approval ratings with Blacks has doubled.” More ↠

By CHARLENE CROWELL

In the wake of a recent series of anti-consumer actions taken by Mick Mulvaney, the Trump-appointed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Acting Director, a bicameral call for accountability was released on January 31. Led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two other Congressional Black Caucus Members, Congressmen Keith Ellison (MN) and Al Green (TX) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Jeff Merkley (OR) as signatories. More ↠

Just How Corrupt were the Obama Regimes

By HARRY C. ALFORD

“There is not a scintilla of corruption in my administration” said Barack Obama. “I am not a crook” said Richard Nixon. Such were the claims of two American presidents who history will score in very low and despicable terms. There are plenty of books and movies about “Tricky Dick” but the stories of the troubled times during the Obama years probably have yet to be written and portrayed in the movies.

According to writer Alex Newman who has written on the corruption within the Obama administrations: “The president himself made the infamous ‘Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians’ list due to a series of scandals and broken promises that have plagued virtually his entire time occupying the White House. More ↠

By GLENN MOLLETTE

Where have people's hands been? When you shake hands with someone at church, the grocery store or a restaurant what kind of germs are they carrying?

I once shook hands with Hillary Clinton and my wife told me to immediately go and wash my hands. She reminded me that her hands had been on Bill Clinton and that I wasn't touching her until I washed my hands. More ↠

#ThankYouBlackWomen and the Power of the Black Vote

By CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY

In the Age of Trump, logging onto Twitter can elicit everything from hysterical laughter to deep concern and fear. From time to time, I’ve even had the urge to teach the Trump Administration basic math. However, the Wednesday after Democratic candidate Doug Jones won the special election in Alabama for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, I woke up excited about the election results in Alabama. More ↠

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By MONICA SIMPSON

There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led by courageous truth-tellers who are sick and tired of a violent and largely ignored status quo. The conversation about race and gender in this country has broken open, and now we must all contend with the truth of who we are as a nation. More ↠

One Year of Trump: What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Learned

By REP. KAREN BASS (D-CALIF.)

The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities.

“What the hell do you have to lose?" he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in a small, predominantly White suburb of Lansing, Michigan. More ↠

OPINION: Is the Israeli-Palestinian, Two-state Solution Doomed?
OPINION: Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

By BILL FLETCHER, JR.

Who’s in the White House’s Black Outreach Role?

By LAUREN WILLIAM REED

Hurting Our Young Americans' Futures

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE

OPINION: Black Women Need Real Change, Not Just Thanks
OPINION: It’s Time for America to #TrustBlackWomen

By LATASHA D. MAYES

OPINION: Is Trump the Worst President in the last 50 Years?
OPINION: Is Donald Trump the Worst President on Minority Issues in 50 Years?

By LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE

OPINION: The Importance of Diversity in Media Ownership
OPINION: The Justice Department Could Make it Harder for Minorities to Own Media Companies

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS

Let’s Finalize the Korean Situation
Beyond the Rhetoric

By HARRY C. ALFORD

2018 - Look In The Mirror

By GLENN MOLLETTE

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