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

COMMENTARY: Time stopped for me on September 27th

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…the continuous suggestion that there must have been something wrong with Dr. Ford and others who have brought forward allegations against Judge Kavanaugh because they failed to raise their concerns earlier is specious. It is an allegation that can only be made by someone(s) who has not faced ridicule, harassment and self-doubt in response to their experiences with sexual harassment or assault.” […read more]

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A Plea to Save the Family Phone

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist This really struck me in the immediate aftermath of the South Carolina flood. I have two friends—a couple—who live in Charleston. I called them to check on their situation and quickly realized that they almost never answer their home Read More

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Neutering Democracy in Michigan

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist You may not have heard about this. Earlier this month, a piece of legislation was introduced in the Michigan state legislature that is aimed at killing democracy. Entitled the “Local government employer mandate prohibition act,” this bill would block cities Read More

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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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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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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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Don’t Wait for Obama to Fight

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Alright team, here we are again approaching the midterm elections.  Having won both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, we have to notice that Obama, who is an excellent campaigner, simply does not seem to know how to fight Read More

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Health Crisis is Real

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   My friend is awaiting health insurance.  This is not academic.  She’s afraid that she might have cancer. Think about what it says about a society that someone concerned about a serious illness has to wait to see whether Read More

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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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A Civil War Looming in South Sudan

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The escalating crisis in the South Sudan, a country only constituted in 2011, has brought with it growing concerns that a nation-state formed with such hope may now be on the verge of civil war.  The crisis involves Read More

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Colombia’s Color Code

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I had the opportunity to visit Bogota, Colombia for a meeting of representatives of public sector unions from the Western Hemisphere.  The focus of the meeting was on issues of race and xenophobia.   One of the things Read More

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Mozambique Facing Another Civil War?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The news out of the southeast African nation of Mozambique has been most disturbing.  After a 21 year period of peace, Renamo—the notorious Mozambican National Resistance—has announced that it is breaking its pact with the ruling Frelimo (Mozambican Liberation Read More

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Poor Whites are Blaming the Wrong People

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I read a very sad article in the Washington Post on October 29. It concerned the base of the Tea Party movement, and specifically focused on some economically distressed Whites living in Georgia. They, like many other residents of Tea Party-controlled Read More

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Africans Reunite in Italy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   It was an unusual setting in Italy, or at least so I thought.  My wife and I sat at a meeting there of the directorate (national leadership) of an immigrant association known as “Prendiamo La Parola.”  Looking around Read More

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Obama Should Not Play ‘Global Cop’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The central issue that should concern us when it comes to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria is not the identity of the perpetrator but which international body responds to such a crisis.  What we are looking at Read More

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New Football Season, Same Offensive Names

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I cannot let a football season open without raising the question of the names of sports teams generally and the Washington “Redskins” in particular.  I continue to be absolutely amazed at the resistance on the part of team Read More

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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

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More UFO Sightings than Voter Fraud Cases

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Prior to the 2012 elections, I found myself in a discussion with a colleague concerning Republican efforts at what has come to be known as “voter suppression.”  I was informing this person, who is well educated, that voter fraud Read More

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It is Past Time to Confront the Obama Administration

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Alright, team, enough is enough.  During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America—for the most part—gave the administration a pass.  Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a Read More

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The Unbelievable Walmart

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on.  It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are.  I went running to Read More

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Accepting Racist Insults Without Reservation

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was struck when I opened the Washington Post the other day and saw the headline on a front-page story:  “Poll:  Area residents want Redskins to keep name.” Approximately 61 percent of area sports fans feel that the Washington Redskins should Read More

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Domestic Spying is Nothing New

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Forgive me if I come across as cynical, but why is anyone surprised by our domestic spying?  I am not talking about the ridiculous situation with the IRS.  That is a tempest in a teapot, and everyone knows that.   Read More

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Democracy on Trial

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems.  This was true Read More