Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com. And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

COMMENTARY: The rise of anti-Semitism has nothing to do with those who are pro-Palestinian!

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When neo-fascists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and chanted “Jews will not replace us!” Trump was silent. His later comments that there were allegedly good people on “both sides” excused away the actions of these fascists. Therefore, no surprise when former President Obama and others said that Trump’s words of condolence in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre rang hollow. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
Bill Fletcher Jr.

Trump and South Africa

Let’s stop for a moment and discuss the question of “seizure.” Beginning with the Dutch colonization of South Africa starting in the 17th century and furthered by the English introduction in the 18th century, there was the systematic seizure of land from the indigenous population. That’s why they call it colonization. […read more]

Op-Ed

The Bee at my Mailbox

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is a bee that hovers by my mailbox. I have never had this experience. When I approach the mailbox, it flies in out of nowhere and hovers by the box. It does not attack me but makes Read More

Op-Ed

The Scars of Vietnam

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   As a baby-boomer who grew up on war movies, I thought of veterans as various forms of heroes. I knew that in going to war some soldiers died; some were wounded; others came home…and that, I thought, was Read More

Op-Ed

Global Migration is about Survival

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The recent deaths of more than a thousand African refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in order to get to Europe highlights an on-going and growing global migration crisis. Contrary to commentators on the political right – Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks Split over Obama

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Since the moment that he announced his candidacy in 2007, through to this day, there have been two debates over how to understand President Barack Obama. There is the larger social debate, which includes the hysterical and racist Read More

Op-Ed

Pressuring Us Towards War

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I never cease to be surprised by the racist audacity of the Republicans in Congress.  In clear violation of international protocol, they arranged for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress.  The established practice has been that Read More

Op-Ed

Muslim Lives Matter, Too

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist     Within days of the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., a crazed gunman shot several people in Copenhagen, allegedly targeting an illustrator who caricaturized the Prophet Muhammad. One could not have contrasted the media’s response more Read More

Op-Ed

Terror in the Name of Religion

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It has been deeply disturbing to hear and read suggestions that there is something inherently violent in Islam that distinguishes it from other religions. It is also a false notion, and one which we must dispel immediately. Let’s Read More

Op-Ed

France’s History of Violence

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   In the aftermath of the killings of staff at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, there has been near universal outrage, and correctly so. The murders were brutal and indefensible, and whether coordinated or not with any terrorist Read More

Op-Ed

A Question of 21 Times

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I find it very unsettling to hear police officers discuss how they believe that BlackLivesMatter protesters and certain politicians, e.g., NYC Mayor de Blasio, are either unsympathetic to their plight or, worse, provoking violence. Ever since the murder Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks are Seen as Savages

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   An African American friend of mine keeps asking, in utter amazement, how it is not obvious that there was something wrong when Officer Wilson fired 13 shots at an unarmed Michael Brown.  As she has said:  “Brown was Read More

Op-Ed

The Two Minds of Obama

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist President Obama was right on the money in announcing his executive order on immigration. Contrary to the assertion of Republican demagogues, this is not a blanket amnesty, but does release more than 4 million non-criminals from the ever-present threat of Read More

Op-Ed

No Boots on the Ground

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist It is very unsettling to hear various politicians suggest the need for U.S. troops to be redeployed to Iraq and possibly deployed to Syria.  They seem to have lost all sense of history. Think about it for a moment Read More

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Op-Ed

Crimes Against Gaza

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist  So, let’s be clear about what is transpiring before our eyes in Gaza. It most recently started when the Palestine Authority and Hamas declared that there would be a unity government. This was a significant breakthrough after years of hostility Read More

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Op-Ed

Cyber Child Abuse

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was strolling down a very busy Broadway in New York City a couple of weeks ago.  It was a very nice Saturday and it seemed like everyone was out walking and shopping.  In front of me was a Read More

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Op-Ed

A Backdoor Approach to Lowering Wages

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There has arisen a peculiar phenomenon over the past seven years.  Conservative legislatures in states such as Florida and Wisconsin have passed statutes that limit the ability of cities and counties to raise minimum wages and pass other legislation Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama’s Reprehensible Foreign Policy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was reading an editorial criticizing President Obama for not doing more in the international realm.  Specifically, it suggested that he was too weak. He was supposedly not responding sufficiently to the alleged Russian threat to Ukraine, for instance. Another example Read More

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Op-Ed

U.S. Seeks to Destabilize Venezuela

By Bill Fletcher, Jr NNPA Columnist   Whether under Bush or Obama the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.  The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the Read More

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Op-Ed

African ‘Ghettos’ in Israel

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  The streets of South Tel Aviv were teeming with people. We first saw a very large wedding party heading towards a park.  We then saw hundreds of young men hanging out, socializing, Read More

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Op-Ed

Shaking Hands with Raul Castro

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I have had difficulty believing the uproar in right-wing circles over President Obama shaking hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro.  For goodness sakes, it was at the memorial for Nelson Mandela!  Should Obama have spat in the face Read More

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Op-Ed

Eager for a War with Iran

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   Some of the responses by the Republicans and their friends to the Iran nuclear deal have been nothing short of amazing.  The deal includes greater and closer inspections of Iranian sites, some relief from the sanctions, and the Read More

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Op-Ed

Agent Orange and the Continuing Vietnam War

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In a 2009 visit to Vietnam I asked a retired colonel in the Vietnam People’s Army about the notorious toxin “Agent Orange.”  The colonel, who was also a former leader in a Vietnamese advocacy group for Agent Orange’s victims, spoke Read More