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How Low Will the GOP Go?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Karl Marx famously wrote, “History repeats itself, first time as tragedy, second as farce.” So, his ghost must have eagerly joined the many living in this dimension who last week thoroughly enjoyed the two spectacles that underscore the Read More

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The GOP’s Enemies’ List

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with the lengthening list of people, groups, and nations the Republican Party’s presidency-seekers are designating as targets. Undocumented Latino immigrants – and their American-citizen children? Check. Gays and lesbians? Read More

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GOP’s Raging Intra-Party War

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct. Two developments of last week have underscored that the Read More

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Emmanuel AME and the Buoyancy of Hope

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Rev. Clementa Pinckney and his fellow congregants of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. gathered as usual in the historic edifice June 17 for their Wednesday evening prayer service. They came, as always, to refresh Read More

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America’s True Crime Problem

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of Black or Hispanic citizens under questionable Read More

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The GOP’s Lunatic Center

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of White voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed Read More

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Death Row’s Other Killers

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Glenn Ford, 64, convicted of murder in 1984, spent a quarter-century on the death row of Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison before his conviction was overturned and he was freed last year. Anthony Ray Hinton, 58, convicted of murder in Read More

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‘Religious Freedom’ Scams

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots. Worried by recent steady march of federal court decisions advancing the right of gays and lesbians to marry, they tried to copy the Supreme Court majority’s flim-flam maneuver of last year in Read More

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Free Speech Hypocrisy

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist         This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all Read More

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When the GOP Had Integrity

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   One of the many questions provoked by the “open letter” 47 Republican Senators published last week to try to wreck the multinational effort led by the Obama administration to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is this: Do Read More

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Gay Marriage in Alabama

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist     It’s entirely appropriate that the bigoted antics of Alabama’s conservative, publicity-hound Chief Justice Roy S. Moore in unsuccessfully trying to block the right of same-sex couples to marry there erupted in February – Black History Month. For Read More

Op-Ed

Civic Lessons and Civil Rights

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase Read More

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2014 Lies of the Year

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   There are critical similarities between the furious controversy in the fall about the Ebola crisis in the U.S. – that never materialized – and that which has followed the heinous murder  of two New York City police officers Read More

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NYPD’s ‘Aggressive Policing’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Three reports released this month on the arrest activities of the New York City Police Department should ratchet up the already significant questioning of the department’s use of the “broken windows” approach to policing. That theory asserts that Read More

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The Ebola Case in Dallas

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Amid heightened concern in the U.S. about the ferocious Ebola disease, two prominent Republican officeholders last week seized upon the proper concern over a Liberian national in Dallas testing positive for the virulent disease as a chance to show Read More

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Op-Ed

Two Faces of Racism

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the “Angry Black Woman” and traffick in Read More

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Report Card on Black America

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit Read More

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The GOP: Chaos is Their Goal

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but Read More

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Op-Ed

GOP’s Impeachment Gambit

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Those who’ve found it difficult to connect with the racial history of post-Civil War America – when Black Americans were stripped of the citizenship rights they gained right after that conflict – should pay special attention to the national Read More

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Voting While Black in Mississippi

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA ColumnistLast week, African-American voters in Mississippi proved Blacks will vote for a Republican candidate – when doing so meets the time-honored tradition all American voters have always followed: they judge it to be in their self-interest. On June 24, Thad Read More

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Our Continuing Conversation on Race

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: he won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen. His attempts to obscure the obvious Read More

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“Thugs in the Desert” at the Bundy Ranch

By Lee A. Daniels ​ NNPA Columnist   ​One can be forgiven for thinking the contest for the most outrageous, publicly-exposed racist behavior of recent weeks was between Cliven Bundy, the chiseling Nevada rancher, and Donald Sterling, the despicable billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. As New Read More

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Rancher Cliven Bundy and ‘The Negro’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist As is typical of blowhards, Cliven Bundy, the conservative movement’s most recently defrocked hero/criminal, opened his mouth once too often. In doing so, the Nevada rancher revealed who he really is behind all the Stars-and-Stripes flag-waving and man-of-the-West rhetoric. Read More

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Op-Ed

The GOP’s Desperate Double-Down Game

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Last week the U.S. Supreme Court added another layer of bricks to the wall conservatives are trying to build to transform the American political system from a one-person-one-vote democracy into one that is ruled—via legislative enactments and judicial decision-making—by Read More

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The Jim Crow Impulse

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after nearly a week of reading the political tea leaves, vetoed a bill Feb. 27 from her state’s GOP-controlled legislature that its advocates stated had the innocuous purpose of shoring up protections for Read More

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MLK: Militant of the 21st Century

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hasn’t been this alive since 1968. He’s no longer that visually distant, two-dimensional figure, limited to speaking a single sentence taken out of context and shorn of its true meaning. Instead, the honest Read More

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What Color Is Your Santa Claus?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   In case you haven’t noticed, ‘tis the season … to have another controversy illuminating America’s race-driven fault lines. This time we can thank Fox News’ talk-show host Megyn Kelly for responding to a December 12 essay by writer Read More

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The ‘Indispensable’ Nelson Mandela

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   “The cemeteries are full of indispensable men,” Charles De Gaulle, the great, imperious hero of World War II and subsequent president of France, is said to have remarked in the late 1950s to an aide who had just declared Read More

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Food Stamp Cuts: Children Will Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “Are there no prisons? And the workhouses, are they still in operation?” Is that what the government and the people of the United States are about to say to Americans who have such low incomes they need the government Read More

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Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading Read More

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JFK: Black America’s Great White Hope

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Before assuming the presidency in 1960, John F. Kennedy barely paid attention to any Black American beyond his valet, and he intended to follow that approach during the first four of what he expected would be his eight years Read More

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Republicans and the New ‘White Flight’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Now that the GOP-manufactured economic crisis is over (for the several months, anyway), one might say the lesson for the Republican Party is best expressed by that old warning: Be careful what you wish for. Driven by its reactionary Read More

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Miscalculating Multiculturalism in America

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Given the political gridlock in Washington that’s pushed the country to the brink of economic calamity and caused needless distress to millions, one might think America has rarely been more polarized, more “dis-united.”  Actually, the opposite is true. American Read More

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The Gutter Politics of Virginia’s E. W. Jackson

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist  Following the campaign trail of E.W. Jackson, the evangelical minister who’s the Republican Party candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, is an exercise in astonishment. Does Jackson, who holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School, really believe, Read More

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Jobs and Freedom Still Needed

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   On Saturday August 24 and Wednesday, August 28, tens of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 1963 March on Washington and the Movement that brought America into the modern age. Speaker after speaker Read More

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A Retrograde Supreme Court

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that Read More

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1963: The Civil Rights Movement’s Watershed Year

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Fifty years ago this month, two of the chief characteristics of the modern Civil Rights Movement were dramatically, tragically illuminated in Jackson, Miss. by an assassin’s bullet. The first was that Black Americans’ nonviolent quest for full citizenship was Read More