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Prospects, peril for new Dems majority

Democrats have an enormous opportunity — and face a distinct peril — now that they will have majority control in the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

America: Is it what we say we are?

Recently we learned of boys in Baraboo, Wis., throwing Nazi salutes and flashing white power signs. This is disturbing. Who taught them to do this? Did they learn it at home or school? Did they pick it up from the ...

Dismantling Jim Crow

The Urban League Movement congratulates two states in the Deep South that took a step out of the dark Jim Crow past by passing major criminal justice reforms on Election Day.

Trump’s problem with black women

A cursory look at the win-loss column after last week’s midterm election suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed.

Dark times

These are dark times. Thirteen pipe bombs were sent to two former presidents and other political and cultural leaders.

‘PC’ and ignorance

Megyn Kelly is off the air at NBC. After her horridly vapid statement saying she didn’t see anything wrong with blackface, she apologized the next day and even invited journalist Roland Martin on to take her to school. Mr. Martin ...

Moving beyond tragedy

Something is clearly wrong in our nation when worshippers are gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue, as occurred last week, or at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, or at the Sikh Temple ...

Fear, falsehoods and fake ‘invasion’

As midterm elections approach, which frightens you most: Fear of Latin American refugees marching in a “caravan” toward our southern border? Or loss of your medical coverage for pre-existing conditions?

School grading practices inaccurate, inequitable

The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high quality learning environments, programs and materials. The battle also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe students’ ...

Trump and ‘Medi-scare’

Maybe Donald Trump really believes his hype about the “lying media.” That might explain why his effort to produce a commentary longer than a tweet contains enough falsehoods to have fact checkers working overtime.

Demanding respect

A few years before Aretha Franklin sang “Respect,” Otis Redding’s version had a laudable meaning, too. When Aretha sang “Respect” in 1967, she turned the song into something women have never let go.

2nd Street Festival: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

The fact is this festival has and continues to be owned and controlled by white people during most of its existence. This, for me, is a major problem because at no point has its owners envisioned, stated or promised that, ...

Why is the church silent on Confederate statues?

For months, a discussion has gone on about Confederate statues in Richmond, while in some cities, a few even in the South, those statues have been taken down.

Betting on the champion

A lot of people have won individual and team championships. Some have even set records. But there is one distinct difference between championships and records. Championships can never be taken away; records can be broken.

Confronting racism, patriarchy

Our nation was founded on the principles of racism and patriarchy. They are reflected in our very Constitution, where enslaved persons were counted as a fraction of a person and only men of property were allowed the right to vote. ...