The persistence of poverty, even in the face of good news, provides opportunities for those whose riches come from the exploitation of poor people.
Are you ready to vote? Are you registered? These may seem like simplistic questions, especially for those who are aware, but every year some folks are denied access to the polls because they didn't register on time, or they moved and their address does not match the address the registrar of voters has, or something.
While millions of children (and teachers) welcome the call to go back to school in August and early September, all is not well in classrooms and school districts around the country.
Why aren't more black entrepreneurs trying to do more? It isn't for lack of ideas.
I'm not jumping up and down and waving a flag.
What if a few leaders in Fortune 500 companies took a position on the number of unarmed African-Americans by "law enforcement" officers?
The phrase Black Lives Matter is not racist because it simply reflects our nation's history.
Just a day after millions of Americans celebrated the "Fourth of You Lie," our nation got more evidence of the lie we live when we "celebrate" freedom.
Will we, in these United States, start Googling Trump after he is nominated? Will we wait until it is too late to ask about the Trump peccadilloes?
If you look into a dictionary under "sore loser" you will find a photograph of Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Muhammad Ali was unapologetically Black. Why, in death, are White folks claiming that he "transcended" race?
We need literacy warriors. These should not only be teachers in classrooms and parents at home, but preachers, politicians and all others concerned with the achievement gap.
The death penalty is the kindest thing that could happen to Dylann Roof, and he does not deserve our kindness.
For all their dueling ideologies, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin.
I was apprehensive when I learned that President Barack Obama would give the commencement speech at Howard University this year. I desperately wanted Obama to knock his speech out of the park. Guess what? He did.
Social change happens from both inside and outside.
It is especially fitting that Harriet Tubman graces the $20 bill, since she was an economic freedom fighter.
Aug. 1 is Equal Pay Day for African-American women. We work harder, longer, and for less remuneration than other women do. What are we going to do about it?
Republicans keep saying they want to reach out to people of color, but ignoring Black people suggests that they are thinking about us as much as George Bush did in 2005.
In this Women's History Month, it makes sense to reflect on women and the peace movement, and especially on the African-American women who have been peace activists and have played a significant role in this movement.
African-Americans need to wake up and smell the coffee. We should not expect any candidate to feel our pain or to "get" race.
While our colleges teach some educational fundamentals, they ought also be encouraged to teach entrepreneurship.
Should the issue of addiction be treated more compassionately and humanely now that it has hit suburbia USA?
Bernie Sanders's energetic bluster has been a galvanizing factor in a race that might otherwise have been seen as a cakewalk or a coronation.
History mostly swallowed the horror of the Slocum Massacre.
We in the United States like to brag about how much better off we are than the rest of the world. But we can't seem to provide our citizens with something the United Nations has declared a basic human right.
While Obama exuded nothing but class, it was amazing to watch the very crass House Speaker Paul Ryan behaving like a bored child.
When the protests have been well-defined and include an end game, such as the University of Missouri protests that toppled a president and chancellor, they have been effective. When protests broadly address issues like comfort, they are less successful.
These holidays are more like an orgy of conspicuous consumption than a celebration of the Christ child’s birth.
In our nation's sordid history, when Black women spoke, they found themselves denigrated or ignored. Jannie Ligons deserves to be acknowledged because she took a risk and may pay a price for outing a rouge police officer.
What does Justice Scalia mean by "lesser schools?"
Kudos to these student activists and to their demands. Still, symbolism is not enough.
We can expect more security and scrutiny and appropriately so. It is also unfortunately likely, however, that some of the scrutiny will have an element of profiling (especially racial profiling) involved, since many (perhaps most) of the ISIS terrorists are young, male and Muslim.
Whether you plan to spend or not, don't fall for the holiday hype.
Race is a low priority for all of the candidates, Democratic and Republican, in the 2016 election.
Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino gets high props for stepping up to tell some truth about the many murders of African-Americans at the hands of misbehaving police officers.
In contrast to the more entertaining Republican presidential candidate debates, the first Democratic presidential candidate debate was more absorbing.
You can run, but you can't hide from racism.
When neurosurgeon Ben Carson started flirting with a presidential run, I thought he had lost his mind. Now that he has jumped into the fray, opening his mouth one too many times, I know he has.
Due process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all the legal rights due to a person. When did James Blake get due process?
Why are House Republicans so determined to have a budget showdown? Part of it is their determination to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
What happens when mental illness collides with racial rage?
What promised to be a sleepy Democratic glide to the nomination has evolved into, if not a contest, at least a challenge for Hillary Clinton.
I am proud of the Black Lives Matter movement and excited about the three young women who organized it and the thousands who have united under their banner.
It ought to be unnecessary for an activist movement to hinge on the principle of the equivalency of life.
President Obama's commutations of nonviolent drug sentences are a step in the right direction.
Removing the flag from public places and putting it in museums is a victory for those who reject this symbol of racial subjugation. Still, every economic statistic screams racial subjugation.
Is it a coincidence that churches are burning in the days since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina?
On their website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the "history and legacy" of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is "dedicated to ensuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved." I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it.
While most African-Americans have concluded that Rachel Dolezal is a mentally impaired liar, too many Caucasians, obsessed with race, are likely to give this story legs. Meanwhile, there are millions of African-American women who are rendered invisible by the media.