When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation's fraying infrastructure was at least partly responsible.
Freddie Gray is neither the first nor the last person to die in police custody.
If the hashtag takes you to a conversation and that takes you to action, then the hashtag may be a step in the right direction.
When all else is equal, I choose to vote for the African-American candidate instead of the white one.
There is no excuse for the cheating in Atlanta, or Philadelphia, or in El Paso, where the school superintendent was imprisoned for reporting faulty test scores. While there is no excuse, it would be foolish to ignore the pressure that many face when federal laws mandate the use of standardized tests to "prove" that teachers and schools are doing their jobs.
All too often, good legislation is supported only when someone with a personal agenda is able to add an amendment to further that agenda.
Voters are tired of income inequality being acknowledged with nothing being done about it.
The three steps in social change are organization (especially protest), which leads to legislation (with pressure) and litigation (when legislation is not implemented).
President Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely block much of what he proposed.
Indeed, the abducted girls have all but disappeared from the headlines and from the public consciousness.
As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education.
What links the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu? Some would say that one set of deaths was revenge for the other. Actually, all of the deaths represent a tragic loss of life.
All Black people are not poor, and we ought not to behave as if we are. We can afford to tithe to our churches, and we can afford to give to our institutions.
Breathing ought to be a simple thing. Air in, air out. It's not so simple when one's neck is being choked.
Eric Garner's last words — "I can't breathe" — ought to motivate all Americans, not just African-Americans but Americans of conscience, to breathe life and energy into a movement for justice.
There has been some controversy about "Common Core" requirements that would somewhat standardize high school education, indicating what students should know when they graduate from high school.
Loretta Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position of attorney general. This history-making nomination should not be tarnished by partisan nonsense.
Pundits are likely to spend the next several weeks attempting to explain the many reasons that Republicans simply kicked the Democrats square in the hind parts to dominate both houses of Congress in ways that had not been expected.
All colleges are not created equal. About once a week, I get a call from a mature student whose time at a career college was unrewarding.
Many see Ebola as an "African disease," just as they once saw HIV/AIDS as a "gay disease." Only when these diseases began to affect a different demographic did legislature direct funds to those organizing HIV awareness.
The stakes are high, both now and in 2016.
One of the most interesting findings of the data recently released by the Census Bureau is that so many recent college graduates live with their parents.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months — an all-time high. Who gets the wealth, though?
While many students feel it is important to make the first day of school a fashion show, others can’t afford new clothes and are often stigmatized at school.
Fortune magazine's Alan Sloan reports that Ireland, Bermuda and Switzerland are the tax havens for the top ten corporate tax avoiders. While these companies hit the road to avoid taxes, they have no hesitation in enjoying the benefits that come from tax protection and regulation.
How much would we save if legally mandated minimum sentences were modified and nonviolent drug offenses were more reasonably imposed?
While the institution of apartheid no longer exists, the structural basis for apartheid is alive and well, given the level of poverty, the lack of jobs, and limited opportunities for education.
Ikea gets it, so does the Gap. What’s wrong with the Congress?
President Obama's focus on the middle class leaves the poor where they have always been — at the periphery of economic progress.
When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time.
It is true that economists are projecting a better employment situation for college graduates who are entering the labor market now. At the same time, high school graduates who must save money for college incidentals or for other needs will have a hard time finding work.
Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career. She was a true renaissance woman — an author, teacher, dancer, performer, radio personality and a producer. I will remember her a sister friend, a wise "auntie" who didn't mind pulling your coat.
The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we are honoring and remembering the dead, we are learning about deficiencies in the Department of Veteran's Affairs that negatively affects the quality of life for those who were injured during their term of service.
The United States and the United Nations are nodding on Nigeria if they choose to do little more than offer lip service in this crisis situation.
What bothers me most about these anti-affirmative action cases is the implicit White skin privilege that compels them.
Mental health is our nation’s dirty little secret, and if it is whispered in the nation at large, it is a silent scream in the African-American community.
Race and gender continue to shape the opportunities that African-American women have, and race and gender continue to marginalize us Black women.
I guess everyone doesn't like voting as much as I do. Only a quarter of those eligible to vote in the District of Columbia did so.
The media is used to rivet attention toward an issue or challenge. Unfortunately, it has rarely been used for good.
In a world that is dominated by men, especially White men, feminism is, for me, an empowering concept.
Do you know about Elizabeth Keckley? Maggie Lena Walker, Sarann Knight Preddy, Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis, Trish Millines Dziko, Addie L Wyatt or Marie-Therese Metoyer?
Ten years from now, will we write that the status of African-American and Latino boys and men has improved?
If Michael Dunn were so afraid of Jordan Davis and his friends, why did he get out of his car and confront them about their loud music?
Had he not massacred Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average White man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar, and aspiring for a law enforcement job.
Robert Gates has got fingers to point, axes to grind, bridges to burn, even as the Obama administration continues to deal with issues that Gates had the opportunity to weigh in on while he served as Secretary of Defense.
My wish list focuses on public policy, since better public policy means a better 2014.
Obviously this Congress doesn't care about economic stimulation.
While some will celebrate the budget that will prevent future government shutdowns (that is, as long as there is agreement on debt ceiling), I am among those that decry the hollow victory in the passage of this budget. Human needs are still sidelined to budget cutting zeal.
Nelson Mandela left us much to celebrate, and also much to ponder. Where does the movement for freedom and justice go from here, both in South Africa and in the rest of the world?
For the past year, an organization called OUR Walmart has protested, raised questions and asked their employer, one of the nation's largest companies, to treat them fairly. They have asked for better wages, more full-time hours, and for the opportunity to earn benefits.