Unemployment and wage gap

President Trump keeps boasting about the low black unemployment rate, although African-Americans still suffer nearly twice the unemployment rate as white people do. What the president never mentions is the growing racial wealth gap — the economic disparity between white ...

Meals tax increase is ‘a critical start’

I am a single man with no children. I strongly support Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s proposal to add a cent and a half increase to Richmond’s meals tax to fund the construction of new schools for our city’s children.

Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is a privilege to join you tonight. We are here in Fall River, Mass., a proud American city built by immigrants.

New commission to investigate threats to voting rights

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first speech at the Lincoln Memorial was not his celebrated 1963 address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Trump and unemployment

When the unemployment rate dropped and economic conditions improved under the leadership of President Obama, 45 derided the gains as “fake news.”

Infidelity at its worst

Not surprisingly, one of the latest revelations about 45 is the report that, in 2016, his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film star Stephanie Clifford (aka “Stormy Daniels”) $130,000 to secure an agreement preventing her from disclosing the details of ...

Dr. King’s work not finished

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t plan to get involved in the Memphis, Tenn., garbage workers’ strike. He hadn’t planned to be there on the fateful day when he was shot on April 4, 1968. But he was pressured to ...

Not crazy, just racist

OK, can we finally stop beating around the bush and say outright that President Donald J. Trump is a white supremacist?

Stop enabling white supremacy

Most black folk might get offended if it is suggested that they are enablers to white supremacists. Yet, this enabling takes place every day.

A year of historic anniversaries

“It is not an overstatement to say that the destiny of the entire human race depends on what is going on in America today. This is a staggering reality to the rest of the world; they must feel like passengers ...

Civil rights groups push to open housing policy deliberations

Wherever you live or your household size, home is a special place where children are raised and memories are made. Owning a home is also the largest, single investment that most families make in a lifetime.

Kwanzaa, a balm in Gilead

The sickening sight of smug sycophantic Republicans celebrating the passage of their tax bill on the White House lawn was the Scrooge-like move to drop a lump of coal into the stockings of the 13 million Americans likely to lose ...

Ebenezer Scrooge and the ‘tax scam’

One of my favorite Christmas pastimes is looking through my television content guide, finding a scheduled airing of “A Christmas Carol” and tuning in to watch. I don’t know how many iterations of this movie classic have been made, but ...

Businesses, nonprofits and Jesus

A business has to make a profit to stay in business. The nonprofit idea was a way to induce people to give money to avoid taxes.

Trump’s race-based view of monuments

Not long after the violence over Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, President Trump went to great lengths to declare the beauty and importance of Confederate monuments strewn across the former slave-holding states.