Op-Ed

Charity Begins at Home

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Americans have lost their minds. Forgive me for not expending any of my emotional energy or shedding any tears for those illegals coming into America. No, I can’t get all wrapped up in the plight of all the illegal […read more]

Op-Ed

Nothing Essential About Essence

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I wrote a column three years ago titled, “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the pre-eminent magazine for Black women, had become irrelevant and an embarrassment to the Black community. Unfortunately, Essence has continued its decent into irrelevancy. […read more]

Op-Ed

Blacks Need More Racists

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   A few weeks ago, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made a stunning announcement that caused a lot of consternation in the Black community. UNCF had accepted a $ 25 million contribution from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch […read more]

Op-Ed

My House is not Your Home

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Since the economic crash of 2008, I think everyone has had to make adjustments – except the federal government – including cutting back on discretionary spending, fewer weekends at the beach, eating out less, etc.  What I like about Americans […read more]

Op-Ed

Why Black Men Need More White Women

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Black women constantly complain about the dearth of “eligible” Black men to date and marry.  Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that “the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic […read more]

Op-Ed

Kevin Durant: ‘MVP’ Son

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Donald Sterling’s racist rant about Blacks last month put a huge amount of focus on professional athletes. Many sports writers and fans have labeled today’s athletes as spoiled, ungrateful, prima donnas who have no appreciation for those who came before […read more]

Op-Ed

Looking Beyond Donald Sterling

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   By now, everyone knows the story of Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling’s banishment from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for his racist comments captured on audio tape last month. What Sterling said was totally stupid and insulting. Period! […read more]

Op-Ed

Obamas Send Wrong Messages

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. As a part of this initiative, he signed a presidential memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary […read more]

Op-Ed

Republicans’ War on the Impoverished

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I have written about the huge opportunity Black dissatisfaction with Obama presents to the Republican Party. It’s time to speak directly to Black Republicans and GOP congressional leadership about dissatisfaction with the loyal opposition. Last week marked the 50th anniversary […read more]

Op-Ed

Bold Predictions for 2014

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Now that a 2014 has come, I have decided to pull out my trusted crystal ball and give you some of my predictions for the year. I think the biggest thing to watch is on the political front.  This […read more]

Op-Ed

Winners and Losers of 2013

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Well, it’s that time of year once again for me to pick my biggest winners and losers for 2013.  Unlike most of the year end lists, mine will not be based on polling data, or popularity. Rather, it’s from […read more]

Op-Ed

What a Christ-mess

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of the year.  But, political correctness has turned Christmas into Christmess. One way of dissecting the word is Christ-Mas, which in Spanish would be more Christ.  If we had more of […read more]

Op-Ed

Misguided Attack on a Young Republican

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Last week, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart wrote a column titled, “Token support for GOP’s Orlando Watson.” In his meandering, misguided piece; he attempted to ridicule Watson, the Republican National Committee’s communications director for Black media, for the erroneous […read more]

Op-Ed

Black Voters Are Now Up for Grabs

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I had an extensive conversation last week with a prominent Republican political operative about next year’s congressional elections.  This operative is one of the godfathers of Republican politics and has played at the highest level for more than 30 […read more]

Op-Ed

Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As we celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will use this time to reflect on the current state of our lives and the things we are most thankful for. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are using this day to […read more]

Op-Ed

Bullying Does Not Lead to Suicide

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Hardly a week goes by when there is not a tragic story of a teenager committing suicide.  Tragic as these deaths are, there is absolutely no causation between bullying and suicide.  The media’s simplistic and sensational coverage of these […read more]

Op-Ed

A Misguided Big Mac Attack

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Two weeks ago, I was sent a video of a Hispanic woman interrupting a speech by Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA. He was giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Nancy Salgado, the Hispanic woman […read more]

Op-Ed

Dr. King Not Universally Liked

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its Chairman, Reince Priebus hosted a great 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington.  It was truly wonderful to see the best of what America stands for.  In attendance were Blacks, […read more]

Op-Ed

A Brand New Problem for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist During the past year, we have watched monumental change take place all over the world; not just in terms of democracy, but in terms of culture, law, and politics, etc. Our major institutions have not been immune from this change […read more]

Op-Ed

Obama: ‘First Gay President’

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist President Obama has concluded his three-country tour of Africa.  He visited Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.  Most presidential trips overseas have a pre-determined outcome:  to sign an agreement, to promote a foreign policy objective, or to reward an ally, etc.  […read more]

Op-Ed

What it Means to be an American

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization. One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American.  This may sound a bit trite, […read more]

Op-Ed

Cartoonish College Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist When I read the recently released report by The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), titled, “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” I immediately thought of two cartoons:  the Flintstones and the Jetsons. The Flintstones was an animated, prime-time TV show […read more]

Op-Ed

Being an Asset to Our Community

by Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In the immortal words of the cartoon character Popeye the Sailorman, “That’s all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more.” So it is with me.  If I hear of another Black Republican who gets hired as a staffer […read more]