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Hurricanes and public policy

Hurricane Harvey did everything people said it would do and more. It either drowned or swallowed everything it touched in Corpus Christi, Houston and Beaumont, Texas, the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and a bunch of other places. Already, estimates say ...

Blackballing Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed — itself a revealing phrase — by the National Football League with the collusion of the all-white owners. He is being ostracized because a year ago he ...

Achieving real power

Many people are highly insulted by Confederate statues and monuments, and they want them taken down and/or destroyed.

Eschew the violence supremacists use

At his recent Phoenix rally, President Trump bashed one of his favorite go-to scapegoats — the news media. We vex him with our insistence on reporting facts that he doesn’t like to hear.

‘Racism and hatred are not good for business’

In 2015, CNN reported that 49 percent of Americans thought that racism was a big problem in the United States. Not surprisingly, people of color and white people had significantly differing views regarding the subject. Sixty-six percent of black people ...

Healing or hate?

Since 1994, I have been leading Slave Trail Walks (the Trail of Enslaved Africans) in Richmond. I have led those walks with groups from around the world and have witnessed the impact the experience has had on many of them.

Let’s make them pay

America witnessed during the weekend dozens of armed, military-garbed men and women in Charlottesville wearing helmets and wielding shields, openly brandishing semi-automatic firearms in the face of students and clergy opposed to their racist and fascist messages.

‘The chickens came home to roost’

I consider myself a daughter of the Commonwealth as I was born in Richmond, just miles away from Charlottesville. As the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond has been home to some of the most divisive periods in history and ...

Black liberation thwarted from all sides

Black classism is just as detrimental to black liberation as white supremacy, and I do not like what I am seeing.

Police brutality, delusions at top

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things, prove that he’s not just another politician. But now that he is president, his words have impact and his posturing can be ...

The real context behind Monument Avenue

The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality issued the following open letter to members of the Monument Avenue Commission:

Happy birthday to Medicaid

For more than a half century, Medicaid has been a shining example of the good and essential support government can provide those most in need across all ages. Through the years, we have been striving to live up to the ...

A thorn in Trump’s side

I don’t agree with U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona about very much, but I was saddened by his recent diagnosis of brain cancer.

Positives for Petersburg

Last summer, the severity of Petersburg’s financial challenges became apparent and Petersburg City Council took immediate action. Significant progress has been made during the last year.

Action in the face of abuse

After 12 historic years leading the North Carolina NAACP, the Rev. William J. Barber II is stepping down from his post and stepping up to the challenge posed by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nearly five decades ago ...