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.
Marissa Alexander's incarceration and the murder of Renisha McBride have something in common. They illustrate the vulnerability of Black women, both in the legal system, and in the public perception of race and gender.
People wear masks daily, sometimes to reveal who they are, and sometimes to hide their true identity. What does this imply, then, about the White people who think that a blackface mask is appropriate?
The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery.
You don’t have to be from Detroit to be angry at what is happening there. And you don’t have to be from Detroit to lend your voice to an injustice that not only affects Detroit, but also the rest of the nation.
I am sick of the budgetary brinkmanship that plagues our government.
While the GDP has risen, and the wealthy are gaining income, those stuck at the bottom are still simply stuck.
Congress won't change its indifference to the poor unless somebody makes them.
President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened "limited action" against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.
In 1963, African Americans were desperate to effect change. In 2013, there is neither desperation nor a passionate push for implementation. In five or 10 years, when there is another commemorative gathering, how will history judge us?
Research shows that this generation of young people, no matter of their race, are likely to do less well than their parents did.
Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn't folding his legs and saying a centered "Om" when he decided to ridicule an African woman.
Many quibble over the minimum wage, but the more relevant issue is the living wage.
The United States Senate finally stepped up to ensure that student loan rates would not double.
Nelson Mandela's insistence and persistence for freedom for Black South Africans, which included a 27-year jail sentence, reminds us of the persistence it takes to make structural and institutional change. We African Americans have been far more episodic in our quest for freedom.
George Zimmerman isn't the only one slaughtering young Black men.
It seems that the term "poverty" has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African Americans experience poverty.
When George Orwell wrote the novel "1984," he envisioned a character, real or imagined "Big Brother" who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could. Those who knew about "him" were told that they did not exist, but in many ways, Big Brother may not have existed, either. The omnipotence had taken on a life of its own. Orwell's book was a book ahead of its time
Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent, and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist that there is a robust economic recovery in progress.
On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little.