Louis Farrakhan, a man for all time

Minister Louis Farrakhan in Charlotte, NC October 13, 2012

Long live the Spirit of the Million Man March! Long life, good health and continued success to Louis Farrakhan, who led those of us who participated in it to an astronomical achievement Oct. 16, 1995, that day 17 years ago.
Now, I wish I could help people who don’t know and admire him, get to know the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, like I know him. Continue reading

Open Letter to the National Association of Black Journalists

A recent exchange of comments on the National Association of Black Journalists listserv about the quality of The Black Press provoked me to offer this response, which I now share here.

One Black editor wrote: “…clips from those who worked in black newspapers were often but not always of lower quality. I understand that many of those papers didn’t have the resources but many stories were simply poorly written, full of holes, one-sided or littered with typos…”

In the opinion of another NABJ member: “…The production problems (of) most black-owned newspapers endured. They did not own their presses, so they often leased time from others. This often led to hasty work as clocks ticked [and bills rang up]. Tragic errors and haphazard design followed….” Ahem.

My edited response: “I really must take umbrage Continue reading

Romney’s Black ‘Leadership Council’

I once had a job supervisor who liked to share stories about his past exploits. His first summer job was while he was still in high school. He worked at what was called a “5 & 10 cent store”–they were then like Wal-Mart is today.
On this job he was the only Black person and he knew his place. There were 76 White women and one White man, all of whom he knew, were his bosses. Then one day the store hired another young Black man.
For the rest of the entire summer, he recalled, most of his time on the job was spent quarrelling with the other Black man about which of them was in authority, after the 76 White women and one White man. So it is today. Continue reading

Blacks bashing Barack

President Barack Obama has attracted a number of high profile Black detractors.
As insane and self-hating as it might in truth be, there are certain Black politicians who can be expected to beat-up on the President as he seeks re-election.
Mr. “Nine-nine-nine,” the pizza mogul, Herman Cain has nothing good to say about the White House incumbent.
Cain is joined by Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and by former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who was in fact himself thrown under the bus by the GOP after he planned their recent convention in Tampa, and then was not even credentialed to attend. Continue reading

The Late Great Congressional Black Caucus

Very soon the nation’s capital will witness discussions and debates about the major issues of our day, along with wall-to-wall parties. It will be the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus–the “conscience of the Congress.” It may be the last time the CBC can wear that title in truth. What?
That’s right, the CBC is on the cusp of its largest membership ever and for the first time there may be three–count them–three Black Republican members of Congress serving with 44 or more Black Democrats, and one of the Republicans is already planning its destruction. Continue reading

Eric Holder: the proxy impeachment of Barack Obama

There is a deep chasm–no a ravine–that defines politics in Washington. It creates gridlock in place of governance, and the reason has to be more than simple partisan differences Republicans have with Democrats led by Pres. Barack Obama.
The stark differences oozed to the surface June 20 when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 23-17–strictly along partisan lines–to recommend that the full House hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena that he hand over thousands of documents pertaining to “Operation Fast and Furious.”
The Fast and Furious operation was a gun-running scheme which allowed illegally purchased guns from the U.S. to be smuggled across the border to Mexican drug cartels, Continue reading

It’s Juneteenth: An Apology and Reparations are due for American slavery

Even before there was a divisive Tea Party movement in this country, Black and White Americans remain far, far apart regarding the aftermath of slavery. But long, long before there was a modern Tea Party movement, there was “Juneteenth.”

Black folks are increasingly demanding, first an apology from White Americans, and then some form of reparations payments. Those demands are long overdue.

The Juneteenth holiday punctuates the validity of those demands. Juneteenth is June 19, 1865, the day a column of Union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in Texas two years and six months after it was proclaimed, and one year and two months after the conclusion of the Civil War which presumably decided the issue of slavery permanently.

White folks think that they have already done enough to make America an egalitarian society without recognizing that the nation’s wealth was created by the free, forced labor of African slaves. Continue reading

White voters prefer White candidates

White people in America have a real penchant for transferring their guilty behavior onto other people. What’s more they are constantly getting away with it. It’s called blaming the victims for the crimes.

In the realm of electoral politics they say that the only reason Black people support Pres. Barack Obama is because he’s Black. While in fact they’ve already run the numbers to figure out what percentage of the White vote former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have to get in order to offset Obama’s 96 percent approval from Blacks.

So there may be more than a kernel of truth in that supposition, because the President has done much more to help all people in this society than he has to help the neediest. And wouldn’t you know it; Black people are disproportionately represented at the bottom of this country’s food chain, and are therefore suffering disproportionately. But there is no special relief coming for them, not from this White House. And Black people still support him overwhelmingly. Continue reading

No ‘grounds’ for unjust gun laws

A White man who murdered an unarmed Black teenager in Florida was permitted to walk the streets for two months, with his gun. Meanwhile, a Black woman, the mother of three children was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing a warning shot at her husband who beat and strangled her. How is that “equal justice under law?”

George Zimmerman is the White man who shot Trayvon Martin to death after stalking him while he claimed he was on a neighborhood watch patrol. Marissa Alexander is the Black woman who says she was defending herself when she fired a gun into a wall near Rico Gray, her ex-husband, who had had a history of physical abuse.

Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman was released on bail that was lower than the amount of money he had raised in an online “cookie jar,” to support his defense. Continue reading

Free Mumia Abu Jamal and all U.S. political prisoners

For the first time in a long time, political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal told an interviewer recently, he had reason to observe his birthday. He didn’t really “celebrate” because he remains imprisoned for a crime which I and his supporters all around the world believe he did not commit. But for the first time in 29 years, his birthday rolled around and he was not on death row.

Chanting, “Free Jamal. Free them all,” hundreds of protestors, ranging in age from some in their 80s, to many twenty-something-year-olds, including many parents with small children rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice April 24 demanding freedom for Mumia, freedom for all political prisoners, an end to solitary confinement, and an end to mass incarceration. Continue reading