Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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There are moments in history that are so profound that they are forever etched in your memory. For me, they include the day the last soldier came home from Vietnam in 1973; the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded before my eyes during my first week in television news in 1986; the taked…

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In the novel “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham, a Black man shoots the white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. His fate is to be decided by an all-white Southern jury, and his lawyer asks the jurors to imagine if the father and daughter were white and judge the case accordingly.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, the world watched in horror as thousands of insurrectionists launched an assault on the U.S. Capitol. As commander-in-chief, Donald Trump’s primary duty is to protect America’s and Americans’ safety. Instead, he commandeered members of his base – who, like him, refused to ac…

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Vaccines are being doled out in dribbles if you can access a link that works, and even then appointments fill up before most people can complete the online application. Unlike buying a concert ticket or booking a flight, vaccine reservation systems don't lock in your spot while you fill in t…

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With the start of the 117th Congress this week, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), a senior member of the House committees on judiciary, budget and homeland security, has reaffirmed her quest for legislation that could eventually provide reparations for slavery victims.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021
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As the new Congress prepares to take office and members of the U.S. House and Senate make key staff hires, it’s time for careful scrutiny of the diversity reflected within the ranks of congressional staff. This is particularly true following an election in which Black voters were critical to…

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President Donald Trump has spent 307 days, almost a full year, golfing during his presidency. The total is likely to be the most golf outings of any president in history. Additionally, Trump is likely to be collectively viewed by historians as one of the worst presidents in American history.

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For many, 2020 is a year that we are glad is over. The bad news started with the first reported COVID-19 case in the United States on January 20, 2020. It was the time when President Trump downplayed the virus and proudly claimed we had no deaths. Well that rosy outlook changed with 85 milli…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Insurance companies are recognizing the fact that cost-cutting measures like nonmedical switching can be harmful for COVID patients and are suspending these practices during the pandemic. Their decision compels us to ask – shouldn’t such policies be suspended permanently, for all patients?

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Denver’s mayor flies to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with his family – after urging others to stay home. He later says he was thinking with “my heart and not my head.” A Pennsylvania mayor bans indoor dining, then eats at a restaurant in Maryland. The governor of Rhode Island is photogr…

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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Donald Trump has been our biggest source of misinformation on the coronavirus. His insistence on not wearing a mask, gathering large groups without requiring masks, mocking people who wear masks, and claiming the coronavirus was a hoax and that not many people have died because of it – all o…

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President-elect Joe Biden received the coronavirus vaccine this week. He’s fortunate enough to have survived the last 10 months. Not all of our elders have.

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The coronavirus has shined a light on how systematic racism, unequal access to opportunity, and disinvestments in low-income communities and communities of color have compounded inequities that have long existed in our country.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team was the only minority head coach hired in the NFL heading into the 2020 season and, to the highest-ranking African American in the sport, that’s unacceptable.

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After decades of racial unrest and distrust of the police, followed by a year of tumult and calls for police reform, Miami’s rank-and-file officers had a chance to set the tone for an enlightened future. They failed.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
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Fear is an old friend now. It’s something we used to attempt to live with or conquer in pre-pandemic days. Now it greets us every morning with the sun like an evil Cheshire cat clawing at our brain.

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COVID-19 has killed more than 285,000 people in the U.S., and the death toll continues to rise at a rate of about 1,000 per day. We know, however, that families and communities don’t count their losses in thousands or hundreds; they count them one by one – a father, a teacher, a sister, a fr…

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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A mysterious new health crisis that causes a deadly pneumonia emerges and afflicts communities of color at disproportionate rates. Hospital wards overflow with individuals who will die alone on ventilators, far from family and friends. A devastatingly slow federal government response and mis…

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Twelve percent of Black men’s votes went to Trump. One Black Trump supporter I heard on an interview stated that African Americans have religiously voted for Democrats since 1960 and we are no better off now than we were in the ’60s. The evils of drugs, unemployment and poverty still beset t…

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As I watch cable news in the throes of the holiday season, “bah humbug” comes to mind. As if the coronavirus surge wasn't enough – eliminating every possibility of spending time with family and friends – Donald Trump is using every despotic tool in his arsenal to steel the election from the …

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney told former president Donald Trump to put his “big boy pants on" and accept election defeat. In Trump World big boy pants are hard to find. Trump won’t accept the fact that his 4-year toxic reign has come to an end, and neither will Ivanka, Donald Jr., Tiffany o…

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Trump did not receive enough spankings as a child. He is a rich, spoiled brat. He has always gotten his way and will do anything to get what he wants. Not good traits in any person, and certainly not good traits in a president. Trump cheated his way into college, cheated in his business deal…

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