Op-Ed

Rewriting Confederate History

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would Read More

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Justice is not Blind

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.” Most of our Read More

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‘Stupid’ Infrastructure Neglect

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train #188 derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation’s fraying infrastructure was at least partly responsible for the deaths of eight people and the injuries to more than Read More

Op-Ed

The Education of Dr. King

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education. As early as Read More

Op-Ed

Disregarding Black Life

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Patrick Lynch, do you remember Oscar Grant? And if you do, Mr. “leader” of the New York Police Department Union, why do you pretend not to understand the reaction that many African American people have to the police killing Read More

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Blacks Are a Giving People

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   African Americans are overrepresented among the poor, but it would be a mistake to conclude that all African Americans are poor. We are all aware of the seven, eight, and even nine-figure incomes of luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Read More

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Breathing Life into a Movement

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; Read More

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The Christmas Creep

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales?  They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now.  We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. Some of us are reluctant to call it “Christmas Creep” because Read More

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Ebola Knows No Borders

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When it comes to matters of trade and economics, experts are eager to speak of “globalization.” People are keen to talk about the dissolution of borders and the many ways that countries work together across the globe. At least part Read More

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The Boomerang Generation

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist One of the most interesting findings of the data recently released by the Census Bureau is that so many recent college graduates live with their parents. Described as “boomerang” graduates, a third of them occupy a basement, a spare room, their Read More

Op-Ed

America Needs a Raise

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months – an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment Read More

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Back to School, Back to Basics

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Between early August and late September, students are going back to school. Before they go to school, though, they and their parents will hit the malls and stationary stores to prepare for their return. Retailers say that students and their Read More

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Policing the Police

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Except for the Good Lord, everybody has someone or something to “check” him or her. Unfortunately, President Obama has an unresponsive Congress to check him, and Supreme Court to do the same. Elected officials are checked by voters (when Read More

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The High Court of Injustice

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes?  Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable?  What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and Read More

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Ikea and the Gap Fill the Wage Gap

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for his Read More

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A Pledge to Keep to our Youth

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   As young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs.  For the past several summers, the jobs have not been there, and this summer will be no Read More

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Remembering Maya Angelou

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career.  She was a true renaissance woman – an author, teacher,  dancer, performer,  radio personality and a producer.  I will remember her a sister friend, a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat. Read More

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Dishonoring Our Vets

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country.  It is tragically ironic that around the same time we are honoring and remembering the dead, we are learning about deficiencies Read More

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60-Year Journey from ‘Brown’

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Because I was a horribly ill-behaved child, I found myself shipped from San Francisco to Moss Point, Miss. in August 1969.  My mother’s plan was that I’d spend my junior year in high school there and live with my schoolteacher Read More

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A Slow Response to Nigerian Atrocity

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Long after completing his 8-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country. In his zeal for international peace President Clinton intervened Read More

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A Slow Response to Nigerian Atrocity

  By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Long after completing his 8-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country. In his zeal for international peace President Clinton Read More

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Economy is Still Recovering

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   During 2013, the U.S. economy experienced a reasonable level of growth. The 3.4 percent growth rate in the second half of 2013 represented a solid growth rate, but not enough to trickle down to those who live at the Read More

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A Proud Black Feminist

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist In a world that is dominated by men, especially White men, feminism is, for me, an empowering concept.  It is a movement, which in the United States, according to Wikipedia, is aimed at “defining, establishing and defending equal social, economic Read More

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(Black) Women’s History Month

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Do you know about Elizabeth Keckley?  Maggie Lena Walker, Sarann Knight Preddy, Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis, Trish Millines Dziko, Addie L Wyatt or Marie-Therese Metoyer? What about Ernesta Procope, Dr. Sadie Alexander, Or Dr. Phyllis Wallace?  What about Bettiann Gardner, Read More

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A Mixed Obama Legacy

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   President Barack Obama announced a “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to help young Black and Brown men succeed.   Many present in the East Wing of the White House described the announcement of this initiative as “an emotional moment” for Read More

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Awakened from a Dream

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Mid-January is the time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is commemorated.  Cities, towns, and colleges across the country lift their voices and rise up the language of Dr. King’s dream that people are judged by the content of Read More

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Is Secretary Gates Disloyal to Obama?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t the first political appointee to analyze the work of an administration he served, even if that administration remains in power.  In 1999, while President Bill Clinton was still in office, longtime staffer and Read More

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Fighting Poverty on Two Fronts

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty.  Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance.  Some Read More

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Blackonomics: Authentic Black Leaders

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Brother A. Peter Bailey wrote a very enlightening article, titled, “Black Leaders, Past and Present, Speak on the Need for Focusing on Economics.”  I called him after reading it, and we discussed something I continue to lament about Black Read More

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My New Year Wishes

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Happy New Year!  January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on January 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks withy Read More

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Fed to Player Lesser Role

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   There are two ways to end a recession.  One is to increase federal spending on the theory that people will spend more money when they have more money.  Obviously this Congress doesn’t care about economic stimulation.  They’ve cut budgets, Read More

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Where Bipartisanship is Out of Order

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program USA’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award, is named after the Senator Read More

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Mandela’s Road to Freedom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist     If I close my eyes, I can remember 1984. I am among those running from meeting to meeting working to pass Proposition J, the San Francisco ballot initiative that required the city to divest pension funds from companies Read More

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Thanksgiving and other Myths

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Theoretically, Thanksgiving celebrates the breaking of bread between Native Americans and Pilgrims, who might have starved where it not for the generosity of those who first occupied this country.  This history is written as if were a moment of friendship Read More

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Look Who’s ‘Lazy’ and ‘Crazy’

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Voter suppression is alive and well, especially in the state of North Carolina, where a Republican official, Don Yelton, proved himself to be at best intellectually limited, and at worse, downright crazy. While discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, Read More

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A Slave to Slavery Comparisons

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration Read More

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There Were Alternatives to Bankruptcy

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of the Read More

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Republicans’ Venom Aimed at Obama

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist At press time, it was unclear whether Congress would finally evade a government shutdown on October 1.  I do know, however, that I am sick of the budgetary brinkmanship that plagues our government.  Every few months there is some crisis or Read More

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U.S. Doesn’t Care about Poor People

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When the poverty data was released on September 17, comparing the poverty situation in 2011 to that in 2012, many hoped that poverty levels would drop as an indication of economic good news.  But while the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has Read More

National

Obama’s Reform Plan ‘Misplaced’ for HBCUs

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Obama’s proposal to make colleges more affordable has some good points, but could disproportionately harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), many of whom are already reeling from changes in the college student loan program Read More

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Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.  There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one Read More

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After the March on Washington

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice.  More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by buses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the Read More

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Dropping the Leadership Baton

Julianne Malveaux By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Research shows that this generation of young people, no matter of their race, are likely to do less well than their parents did.  Shackled by a trillion dollars worth of student loans and a flat labor market, the Read More

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Student Loan ‘Solution’ is Not Good Enough

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double. There have been weeks of back and forth, but now Senators says they will tie student loan rates to the federal funds rate, which means Read More

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Looking Beyond George Zimmerman

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Trayvon Martin might not be dead except for the fact that George Zimmerman carried a gun and acted as a wanna-be policeman.  Rev. Al Sharpton and others deserve props for rallying people and insisting that Zimmerman be brought to trial.  Read More

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Limiting Women’s Right to Choose

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided.  A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to abort herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized.  I’ll never forget the blood on the floor Read More

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A Maximum Effort Needs to be Made for the Minimum Wage

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist It seems that the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law on June 25, 1938, Read More

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Health Disparities: A Function of Assets, Access and Attitudes

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C.  This is an important effort because Washington is such a Read More

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Is ‘Big Brother’ Racially Biased?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When George Orwell wrote the novel 1984, he envisioned a character, real or imagined “Big Brother” who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could.  Those who knew about “him” were told that they did not Read More

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Activists Ponder Their Next Move

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Blacks were instrumental in the re-election of President Barack Obama and now it’s time for him to return the favor, according to panelists at a Town Hall-style meeting organized at Howard University last week by the Read More