by Dr. Tommy Whittler Three University of Alabama football players were dismissed from their team for robbery and one player for the illegal use of a credit card. As I read this story, USA Today (2/28/13, 3c), I was reminded of a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as street con Darnell Valentine and Dan Akroyyd as [...]
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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus, meeting on the fact that federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers very little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New [...]
Groups of protesters have gathered all around the world to speak against Monsanto, the company that makes seeds and genetically modified food. A “March Against Monsanto” gathered protesters in 52 countries and 436 cities. The organizers carried signs with slogans such as “Real Food 4 Real People” and “Label GMOs, It’s Our Right to [...]
Incarcerating so many millions of Americans is taking a huge toll on society. Corporations make money in the short-term, but the incarceration laws quickly turn normal, law-abiding citizens into career criminals. Those convicted of felonies have few opportunities to re-enter into society, and prison exposes them to unhealthy and traumatic experiences. Does this policy make [...]
Darrell Padgett speaks to Dr. Boyce Watkins about the recent court ruling on the crack-to-powder disparity. Click to listen.
Sometimes, when you use enough fancy words and have a Harvard name behind you, people are willing to accept utter nonsense as a form of scholarship. Harvard, the school that rarely hires African American, Native American or Latino faculty in nearly any department, is able to escape the obvious allegation of being racially-exclusive primarily because [...]
By Kim Moore This serves as both an open letter to Thurgood Marshall Jr, a PSA for those who didn’t know about his appointment to CCA and a reminder about mass incarceration, and the overrepresentation of black men in prison. It came as a complete and utter shock to discover yesterday that Thurgood Marshall Jr, [...]
by Leo Alexander I drunk the Kool-Aid too back in ’08. I fell in love with the symbolism of a black family in the White House. I believed in his campaign slogan of “Hope and Change” and his story of being a biracial, Harvard educated, community organizer in the ghettoes of Chicago. I was the [...]
By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency… Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” President Barack Obama – The White House.gov Over the past few weeks the Obama administration has been embroiled in a number [...]