Op-Ed

The Value in Being Unreasonable

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Paraphrasing my buddy, British playwright George Bernard Shaw, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man adapts the world to himself; therefore, all progress is dependent upon the unreasonable man.” Jesus Christ was unreasonable enough to Read More

Op-Ed

A Tale of Two Conventions

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms Read More

Op-Ed

Homosexuality Is the New Black

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) In order to have a fully functioning society, we must have some common baseline of beliefs that join us together, whether it’s a fraternity, a church, or a political party. Without this commonality, belonging to a group or Read More

Op-Ed

An International War of Words

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the recent terrorists attacks in Paris over a largely unknown satirical newspaper that poked fun at Islam and Mohammed, there has been a global debate over whether the world is at war with “radical” Islam. The debate has Read More

Op-Ed

Democrats Defy Logic

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   The closer Election Day gets, the more confused I am by the behavior of Democrats. For the past several years, there has been this false obsession with the importance of the Hispanic vote. All you hear in the media Read More

Op-Ed

Black Vote is Up for Grabs

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I had separate conversations with two governors last week.  Both were White, one was a Democrat and one was a Republican.  We were discussing next month’s elections and what they each thought would happen.  The amazing thing was their respective Read More

Op-Ed

Obama’s Nightmare Presidency

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist To many people, especially Blacks, Obama’s election as president in 2008 was a dream come true.  According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, “dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the Read More

Op-Ed

Our Own Worst Enemy

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Black Democrats are the most despised people on the face of this earth and they have worked hard to deserve this designation. They vote upwards of 90 percent for Democratic candidates for president and get very little in exchange for Read More

Op-Ed

NFL Keeps Fumbling

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I am sick and tired of all the hypocrisy swirling around pro athletes and the National Football League (NFL) in particular. With all the accusation about domestic violence and child abuse consuming the NFL, I wonder why the public wants 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

Op-Ed

Making History is Not Enough

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist In many ways Obama’s presidency has been historic. – On June 19, 2008, Obama became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976. – On Thursday, August 28, Read More

Op-Ed

Tony Dungy Unfairly Attacked

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   The homosexual mafia has struck again. This time, however, they have picked the wrong target.  Beloved former Tampa Bay and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy has been under a vicious assault for honestly answering a reporter’s question. In Read More

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