Delays in Chemical Disaster Rule hurt minority communities

Pam Nixon lives in an area of West Virginia called “Chemical Valley,” where she is surrounded by facilities that handle dangerous toxic and flammable chemicals.

Prison profit pipeline

There is the adage that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. I fear it is the adage that may define the ways too many observers have filtered the 45 administration through a skewed lens.

Trumpcare: A pig in a poke

I’ve always heard the expression, “What goes on in the dark comes out in the light.”

Brown decision’s negative side

May 17 was the 63rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring that legally sanctioned and enforced school segregation is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

On courtesy, race and 45’s defenders

Courtesy flew out of the window in Washington parlance a long time ago.

Remembering JFK

The trajectory and predominate narrative of the Civil Rights

Reinstate Cornell Brooks

Black people have fared best when our collective interests and goals are held paramount. We’ve made the greatest headway when our assumed leaders are guided by principles of self-sacrifice above self-aggrandizement. I pray that we have the wisdom to remember ...

Finally, a listening tour

The national office of the NAACP has made a couple of significant changes lately. They dismissed chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock and president Cornell Brooks.

A return to heavy-handed criminal justice

Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the 20th century called. It wants its failed, heavy-handed criminal justice policies back. In a throwback to President George W. Bush’s administration, Mr. Sessions is widely expected to formally order all federal prosecutors to impose ...

Crimes without punishment

Once again, a white police officer has killed a person of color with impunity.

Kudos to Bethune-Cookman grads

I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (hereafter referred to as DeVoid, as she ...

Voter suppression is the real culprit

After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of, as the president admitted, the “Russian thing,” he struck a new blow to American democracy. The president created a commission on “election integrity,” stemming from his fantastical claims of voter ...

GOP celebration premature

After months of “repeal and replace” rhetoric, Congress has passed a pitiful little bill designed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.

Communities of color and the environment

The Trump administration has made it clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered President ...

Breaking bad with the CFPB

Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has faced an unrelenting onslaught of attacks. From lawmakers, to lobbyists and business organizations, many still maintain that the marketplace should regulate itself and government should just get out of the way.