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.
People are working harder, and national productivity is growing faster than wages are.
I'm willing to stop preaching when young leaders step up.
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."
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.