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Julianne Malveaux

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MALVEAUX: Shame on McCain, Trump for Blaming Obama for Orlando Massacre

If you look into a dictionary under "sore loser" you will find a photograph of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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MALVEAUX: Dear White People — Muhammad Ali Did Not Transcend Race

Muhammad Ali was unapologetically Black. Why, in death, are White folks claiming that he "transcended" race?

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MALVEAUX: We Need Literacy Warriors In the Black Community

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.

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MALVEAUX: Killing Dylann Roof Won't Kill White Supremacy

The death penalty is the kindest thing that could happen to Dylann Roof, and he does not deserve our kindness.

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MALVEAUX: Bernie and the Donald — Angry White Men

For all their dueling ideologies, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin.

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MALVEAUX: Obama's Howard Speech Redeems Morehouse Misstep

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.

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MALVEAUX: In McKesson's Bid, Inspiration for a Movement Shines

Social change happens from both inside and outside.

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MALVEAUX: Harriet Tubman, Economic Freedom Fighter

It is especially fitting that Harriet Tubman graces the $20 bill, since she was an economic freedom fighter.

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MALVEAUX: Black Women Won’t Celebrate Equal Pay Until Aug. 1

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?

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MALVEAUX: Republicans Ignore Black People

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.

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MALVEAUX: From Mary Church Terrell to Barbara Lee — Black Women in the Peace Movement

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.

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MALVEAUX: Clinton, Sanders Clueless on Race

African-Americans need to wake up and smell the coffee. We should not expect any candidate to feel our pain or to "get" race.

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MALVEAUX: Where is This Generation's Madame C.J. Walker?

While our colleges teach some educational fundamentals, they ought also be encouraged to teach entrepreneurship.

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MALVEAUX: Why Do Politicians Treat Addiction Differently in the Suburbs?

Should the issue of addiction be treated more compassionately and humanely now that it has hit suburbia USA?

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MALVEAUX: My Head Says Hillary, My Heart Says Bernie

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.

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MALVEAUX: Standing on Sacred Ground — The Slocum Massacre

History mostly swallowed the horror of the Slocum Massacre.

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MALVEAUX: Economic Inequality at Home and Abroad

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.

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MALVEAUX: State of the Union — Class Act, Crass Responses

While Obama exuded nothing but class, it was amazing to watch the very crass House Speaker Paul Ryan behaving like a bored child.

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MALVEAUX: What Will You Sacrifice for Justice?

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.

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MALVEAUX: How the Holidays Expose Income Inequality

These holidays are more like an orgy of conspicuous consumption than a celebration of the Christ child’s birth.

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MALVEAUX: Jannie Ligons is Woman of the Year

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.

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MALVEAUX: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Defends Racism from the Bench

What does Justice Scalia mean by "lesser schools?"

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MALVEAUX: Changing Building Names and Covering Murals Not Enough

Kudos to these student activists and to their demands. Still, symbolism is not enough.

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MALVEAUX: What Does Terrorism Look Like?

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.

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MALVEAUX: Don't Believe the Holiday Hype

Whether you plan to spend or not, don't fall for the holiday hype.

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MALVEAUX: Republicans Ignore Black People

Race is a low priority for all of the candidates, Democratic and Republican, in the 2016 election.

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MALVEAUX: Quentin Tarantino and the Ugly Truth of Police Brutality

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.

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MALVEAUX: Lessons From the Democratic Debate

In contrast to the more entertaining Republican presidential candidate debates, the first Democratic presidential candidate debate was more absorbing.

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MALVEAUX: 'Feral' Facebook Comments Show Racism Alive and Well

You can run, but you can't hide from racism.

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MALVEAUX: Ben Carson, Brother From Another Planet

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.

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MALVEAUX: No Due Process for 'Standing While Black'

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?

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MALVEAUX: Another Government Shutdown?

Why are House Republicans so determined to have a budget showdown? Part of it is their determination to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

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MALVEAUX: 'Angry Black' Gunmen

What happens when mental illness collides with racial rage?

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MALVEAUX: Can Hillary Clinton Survive Email Controversy?

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.

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MALVEAUX: Black Lives Matter Prioritizes Black Life

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.

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MALVEAUX: For Centuries, Black Lives Did Not Matter

It ought to be unnecessary for an activist movement to hinge on the principle of the equivalency of life.

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MALVEAUX: Release Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders

President Obama's commutations of nonviolent drug sentences are a step in the right direction.

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MALVEAUX: Tear Down the Walls of Economic Equality

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.

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MALVEAUX: Church Burnings Should Ignite More Protests

Is it a coincidence that churches are burning in the days since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina?

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MALVEAUX: Rewriting Confederate History

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.

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MALVEAUX: Focus on Real Black Women, Not Imposters

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.

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MALVEAUX: Good and Bad News in Latest Job Numbers

People are working harder, and national productivity is growing faster than wages are.

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MALVEAUX: Time for Young People to Stop the Violence

I'm willing to stop preaching when young leaders step up.

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MALVEAUX: Justice is Not Blind

Most of our politicians and leaders are exploiting subconscious racism and pandering to explicit racial fears. Even worse, they are rewarded when they say they are "tough on crime."

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MALVEAUX: 'Stupid' Infrastructure Neglect

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.

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MALVEAUX: The Legalized Torture of Prisoners

Freddie Gray is neither the first nor the last person to die in police custody.

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MALVEAUX: A Young Sister 'Hashtagged' Me Out of My Silo


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.

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MALVEAUX: Should African-Americans Endorse Whites Over Blacks?

When all else is equal, I choose to vote for the African-American candidate instead of the white one.

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MALVEAUX: Jailing Educators for 'Cheating to the Test'

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.

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MALVEAUX: Let Members of Congress Live Like Other People

All too often, good legislation is supported only when someone with a personal agenda is able to add an amendment to further that agenda.

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