Op-Ed

Stop Drinking the Fool-Aid

The term “drinking the Kool-Aid” has been taken to a new level among many of our people. In many circles we have gotten so intellectually lazy that we will believe just about anything from anyone, that is, as long as we don’t have to do anything except trumpet a Utopian message, and if we never have to sacrifice for the collective benefit of one another. [read more…]

James Clingman
Op-Ed

In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man Is King

This is being written without the bias or prejudice of commentators and political pundits. It is unfiltered and a result of my not having watched the final vote tallies and not even knowing who won the presidential election until 7:30 a.m., the morning after. I have not yet watched or listened to news shows and have not discussed the results, in-depth, with anyone. [read more…]

James Clingman
Op-Ed

Elections Won’t Change Anything Until We Vote with Our Wallets

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse, because the dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a president. [read more…]

Buying and banking black are more than just hoopla and celebration, more than a moment in time, and more than a temporary gesture to "show" others how much money we have. /Photo: iStock
Op-Ed

‘Buy Black’ Campaigns are Nothing New

The advent of initiatives throughout this country to “Buy Black” and “Bank Black” can be traced back to the early 1900s during which time campaigns similar to today’s efforts were established. Slogans such as “Double-Duty Dollars,” “Don’t shop where you can’t work,” and efforts such as Black Cooperatives cropped up as a result of our forebears understanding and being willing to act upon the fact that their dollars mattered. [read more…]

"Hillary's emails, Bill and Donald's dalliances and sexual conquests are obviously far more critical (and titillating) than a small issue like our disabled and elderly being able to live out their lives without having to worry about silly things like eating, breathing and paying for life-saving medicines and treatments." /Photo: iStock
James Clingman

Hillary’s Emails, Trump’s Secret Tapes and Social Security

Since our political discussions are now X-rated, so much so that we must ask children to leave the room before we watch the news, the speeches and the debates, it’s time to add another unmentionable to the X-rated list: Social Security. Silly me, that pales in comparison to what’s really important, doesn’t it? [read more…]

Colin Kaepernick (Courtesy of Kaepernick via Facebook)
Op-Ed

CLINGMAN: Turnabout Is Fair Play

Why can’t more of us see that economics is the key to our freedom and the answer to the problems we talk about all the time? This political year has and continues to bring this fact to light, but the Colin Kaepernick protest illuminates the issue of economics even more. Here is a guy who chose to exercise his right not to stand at the playing/singing of the national anthem, and as a result folks have called him everything but a child of God. Folks who have burned the flag have not received the kind of treatment Kaepernick has gotten. Now, as other football players have joined in to do similar acts of protest, the real deal — economics — comes to the forefront. [read more…]

James Clingman
Op-Ed

CLINGMAN: Our Destiny Is in Our Hands

Adam Clayton Powell’s famous “What’s in your hand?” speech in 1967 pointed out a very important and relevant truth that still applies today. He said, “You’ve got in your hand the power to use your vote and to use even those ‘few cents’ you get from welfare, to spend them only where you want to spend them.” [read more…]