Not that much has really changed in Sweet Home Alabama once you look beyond the surface.
I am going to propose something our national African-American leaders should have suggested a long time ago: It's time for us to switch.
On Election Night, I usually stay awake as long as my eyelids are willing to cooperate. But this year was different.
Although Latinos are growing at a faster rate than any other ethnic group in the United States, they will have less of an impact on whether Democrats retain control of the Senate than African-Americans, according to a study of Census data by the Pew Research Center.
Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day.
When it comes to issues important to the civil rights community, every Republican in the House and Senate gets an 'F.'
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hasn't left the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building yet, but civil rights activists are worried about whether a strong advocate in Holder's mold will succeed him.
After being confirmed as the nation's first African-American U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tiptoe around the volatile subject of race.
Now that Roger Goodell has come out of hiding, it is not clear that the NFL is any closer to getting it right, as he keeps putting it, than it was when it dropped the ball in handling Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the league.
The NFL has imposed a lifetime ban on Ray Rice, yet rarely disciplines other brazen offenders.
Unmistakably, poor Blacks drive through certain Missouri municipalities with a huge X on their backs.
In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African-American — and trying to cover it up — they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense.
Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, blacks and whites largely view events through a different set of lenses.
Police kill African-Americans more frequently than you may realize.
The upcoming mid-term election may be yet another example of Black voters never getting the credit they deserve winning seats for the party but getting an overabundance of blame when Democrats get their heads handed to them.
When someone tells you that the political affiliation of the president appointing judges doesn't matter or when a president claims to be appointing judges who interpret the law and not legislate from the bench, don't believe them.
Amidst the tragic news of last week, there was a bit of good news between the warring Republicans and President Obama: A federal appeals court, acting on a case remanded by the Supreme Court, upheld the University of Texas' modest affirmative action program.
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again. They, of course, are Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from the popular Chris Brown song, "Hoes Ain't Loyal." Bryant could have avoided controversy — and been on point — if he had instead said, "Democrats ain’t loyal."
If you ever doubted that conservatives were sore losers, the recent Senate election in Mississippi should remove all doubt.
The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi — then the deadliest state in the nation — but the entire region.
The first detailed study of the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in the Hollywood entertainment industry has found that although diversity pays — literally — people of color and women are still woefully underrepresented throughout film and television.
I disagree with President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an apparent deserter who is believed to have been the only U.S. solider being held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. My opposition is based on the firm belief that such exchanges only encourage future violence against the U.S.
A new posting by MediaMatters.org, the media watchdog group, sums up the conservative strategy under the headline, "Don't Litigate It, Don't Ever Talk About It: Right-Wing Media's Solution to Racial Discrimination."
If you let the Republicans tell it, President Obama is directly responsible for the fiasco at the Veterans Administration. But they don't tell you that fresh off of Memorial Day parade appearances, they are responsible for scuttling legislation that would have expanded benefits for the nation's 22 million veterans and their families.
It's not that Bill Russell, Jim Brown or Harry Edwards have mellowed — they have not. Rather, they think there's a better way to help athletes who generate $500 billion a year to major universities, athletic vendors and others.
As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing "separate but equal" schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago.
Covering the three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the University of Texas last week brought back a string of memories — some fond, some bitter.
You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again.
The Obama administration's record of guaranteeing loans to Black businesses is worse than George W. Bush's.
In all the hoopla surrounding President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, overlooked is that fact that our young girls also need to be targeted for special attention.
The children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sue each other so often that you need a program to keep up with the court action.
Despite the concentrated effort to neuter Martin Luther King Jr. by overemphasizing his 1964 "I Have a Dream Speech," his last days on earth were spent trying to uplift garbage workers in Memphis and planning a Poor Peoples Campaign that would culminate in a march to the nation's capital.
According to MediaMatters, the watchdog group, last year was a banner period for race-baiting at Fox News.
Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela's protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a democratic society in South Africa in a Cold War context.
The first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It's time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour.
Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public that the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty.
Believe it or not, President Obama's decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans — a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots — in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part.
The Affordable Health Care Act is worse than slavery? It’s a ridiculous comparison.
There’s only one reason our HBCUs schedule games against schools whose head coaches make more than their entire athletic budgets: they earn a big payday, even if that means being publicly humiliated along the way.
Now that we've had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beyond his "I Have a Dream" speech.
On Aug. 14, Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to prison in connection with using campaign funds for personal use. Dozens of letters were sent to the judge on his behalf, but none more touching than the one written by his mother.
The reality is that we haven't reached our destination.
Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people.
For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama.
If you're looking for the justice on the Supreme Court who mirrors Thurgood Marshall's tenure on the bench, it is not Sonia Sotomayor, the "Wise Latina." And it certainly isn't Clarence Thomas. It's Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Although the federal government secretly spied on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the past, Blacks are more willing than Whites to have their privacy rights invaded if it will help investigate possible terrorists.
How do Americans really feel about affirmative action? The short answer is that it depends on how the question is asked.
Women serve in almost every high-powered job in the United States: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senators, university presidents, race car drivers and even astronauts. Yet, there are some male bozos who think women should be treated as inferior beings.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what has happened in the past that makes this such a foolish idea.