World

French President Vows to Fight Racism and Anti-Semitism

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has used his New Year’s Eve television speech to say that the fight against racism and anti-Semitism will be his national cause for 2015. France faced an increase of acts of anti-Semitism and racism in 2014, according to Read More

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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

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Callous Conservatives

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some synonyms of the word “callous” are: heartless, unfeeling, unmerciful, cruel, and inhumane. A mid-November poll by the Gallup organization asking Americans their views on expanding access to healthcare proves that in some cases, one can add the adjective Read More

Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist How Can I Dump my Sister? Hey Ms. Alma, I’m getting married and I want everything to be perfect. We’re getting married at my childhood church and I got the reception hall I wanted. Everything is falling into place perfectly Read More

Op-Ed

Sweet Home Alabama

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, Ga. Except for a couple Read More

Op-Ed

Discrimination in Car Dealer Financing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A diverse group of civil rights leaders representing Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders have joined forces to call for major changes in auto dealer compensation. Together, the organizations are calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its Read More

National

Obama Watermelon-Toothpaste Controversy: Apologetic Boston Herald Cartoonist Says, ‘I detest racist humor’

Michael Cavna, THE WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)— Today’s instantly infamous “watermelon-flavored toothpaste”Obama cartoon (above) was not only published in the Boston Herald. Jerry Holbert’s shocking commentary was also sent out to his clients by his syndicate, Universal Uclick. But here’s the toothpaste-toon capper, if not 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

Op-Ed

CBC: The Clueless Black Caucus

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   On the very day that Michael Brown, the slain teenager from Ferguson, Mo., was buried, the Congressional Black Caucus made a major announcement. They sent a letter complaining to President Obama. Yep, you heard correctly. They took the bold 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

National

Man in Tenn. Fired for Alleged Racism

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A contractor has fired a cotton warehouse supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee, after two black employees accused him of saying that a microwave and a water fountain were for “whites only.” Federal Compress said the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse supervisor was removed from Read More

Op-Ed

Searching for Another John Brown

  By Walter Fields NNPA Columnist Several years ago, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with the angriest racially-conscious White man in America, journalist Tim Wise. It was an eye-opening experience listening to Wise unapologetically denouncing his own privileged status as a 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

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

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

Op-Ed

Democrats Can Be Racists, Too

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Two weeks ago, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a firestorm of controversy by saying on the syndicated radio talk show of Bill Bennett: “…we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular, of men not Read More

National

Study: Racism May Speed Cell Aging and Premature Death in Black Men

[Raw Story] A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this week found that aging was accelerated at the cellular level in African-American men who reported experiencing racial discrimination and who internalized anti-black attitudes. Although it is well-known that African-Americans have a shorter life span Read More

World

UN Panel: Brazil Racism Still ‘Institutionalized’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Institutionalized racism persists in Brazil despite government efforts to tackle the issue, members of a United Nations panel examining conditions among black Brazilians said Friday. Two members of the U.N.’s working group on Afro-descendants said their 10-day fact-finding mission to 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

National

Racism Costs the U.S. Billions Every Year

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Closing the income gap between Whites and minorities, would boost earnings by 12 percent, an economic windfall of $1 trillion, for a nation burdened by debt and an anemic job market, according to a recent study Read More

Health

Subtle Racism Damages Health

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry…I’m looking for Rachel.’ I’m half black.” “Upon Read More

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Unmasking White Racism

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist In 1896, Lyrics of Lowly Life, a collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry, was published.  Although his poem was specifically focused on African American people, in this 21st Century, it is apropos to many.  He recognizes the pain many feel about their Read More

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The Delusional Tea Party Republicans

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist As these words are being written, the Obama administration is trying to end a shutdown of the United States government forced by the refusal of the Republican bloc of the House of Representatives to vote on a continued funding Read More

Op-Ed

Racists Don’t Like Being called Racists

By Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist   I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” Read More

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Racist Incidents at Oberlin College

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   On March 4 Oberlin College in Ohio, which has always had an outsized role in the history of Black higher education, cancelled classes for a day and instead held a “Day of Solidarity” in response to a month-long Read More

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To Be Equal: Trayvon Martin: One Year Later

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist     “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin   A Read More

National

China in Denial about its Race Problem

Julia Wilson discusses recent changes in China with Jiang Haishan, vice president of the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong in Shanghai. (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) Atlanta native Carl Humphrey says image of Blacks has improved in China (Photo courtesy of Carl Humphrey). Lynne Coleman (right) Read More

Commentary

The Emancipation of the Wilmington Ten

Victories for Black Americans, and for all others who stand freedom, justice and equality, do not come easy and do not occur without a prolonged, sustained struggle or “movement of people” that creates a “moment in history.”  On behalf of the four deceased members of the Wilmington Ten – William “Joe” Wright Jr, Jerry Jacobs, Ann Shepard, and Connie Tindall – and on behalf of six living members of the Wilmington Ten – Wayne Moore, Willie Earl Vereen, Reginald Epps, James McKoy, and Marvin Patrick – I express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who helped to make this moment possible.  Forty years is an awful long time for justice to be done, but we are thankful that this day has finally come. […read more]