Blacks And The Party Of The One Percent

  Recently a presidential preference poll leading up to the 2016 elections determined that the candidate representing the party of Lincoln only received 1% support from African-Americans. It’s not always been that way. There was a time early in black enfranchisement when blacks preferred candidates of Lincoln’s newly formed anti-slavery progressive political party. That party left blacks before blacks left that party.  Now the only blacks left, 160 years since the beginnings of Lincoln’s political party are …

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Black America v. Conservatism – Part 1

  Part 1: Economics Education, voting rights, fair housing, fair lending, employment, mass incarceration, the drug war, foreign trade, immigration and more have decimated the middle class in America. Blacks have been hit the hardest. Reversing the hard fought accomplishments and laws of the 1960’s have been especially important to conservatives.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 suffered a severe blow recently.  How has conservative policies affected our standard of living? According to Federal Reserve …

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Voting Rights

After the Civil War, three amendments were added to the United States Constitution to address the new reality for free blacks.  The 13th forbidding slavery, the 14th guaranteeing all people the same rights and privileges as everyone else and finally the 15th, the right to vote without regard to race or color or previous condition of servitude. The right to vote proved to be elusive for blacks especially in the South. States and local governments, …

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Celebrate King’s Day

The hallmark of change was non-violent change.  Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. championed a movement that became a world wide model for civil change. Those that disagree with the direction the United States has taken in respect to rights note both the spirit and letter of the law,  have often resorted to violence. Brandishing weapons, taking hostages, even threatening federal agents has become a familiar tactic.  Especially among right-wing zealots. Who would …

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Article 2, Section 1

When the candidate for president of the United States of America is not a “natural born citizen” that potential nominee is in violation of the U. S. Constitution. However, the highest court of the land has yet to make a preemptive ruling.  It seems the keyword in Article 2, Section 1 is “born”. As subsequent elections come and go, the 2008 presidential nomination and victory of Barack H. Obama will however remain forever historic. Not …

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The Sounds of Protest

Songs set the tone. Lyrics and beats set the mood. The Sound of the Times have been used to express opinions and feelings in difficult times. Protest songs have been important to Blacks since our struggle began. No matter if it was slavery, human rights, civil rights, wars, lynching or police brutality, we have expressed feelings in songs. June is when we commemorate Black Music Appreciation Month (the decree first issued by President Carter in 1979), one cannot …

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Selma; Notes From the Field – Chapter 2; Voting

Voter Registration Tests & Protests: Chapter 2: a series that chronicles the events in the Selma, Alabama area prior to Bloody Sunday and ending with the brutal attack by Klansmen on Viola Liuzzo. A new voter registration test implemented a few months before the March 7th march to Montgomery was challenged by the U. S. Justice Department on January 15th. It was common for African-Americans to be tested when registering to vote and in some cases …

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