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Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Debilitating Poverty Is Corrosive

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

DEBILITATING POVERTY IS CORROSIVE BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX The fall of the Roman Empire is best captured in the phrase that “Nero fiddled while Rome burned”.  Set on pursuing his own pleasures and indulgences, Nero could not see the walls crumbling around him. Similarly, our leaders seem oblivious to the walls crashing in on us, bickering about the way […]

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Let the Games Begin

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Most Americans have been enjoying the holiday haze since House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) folded and allowed the two-month extension of unemployment insurance and the Social Security tax cut, and other key matters.  Indeed, if the French take the month of August off by law, we almost do the same in the period between Christmas and New Year.  Except for retail establishments that support the great American pastime – shopping…

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Robert Champion: Drum Major For Change

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Most parents of college students look forward to December, when their students come home for the holidays.  Some are so excited to see their offspring home that they actually come to their colleges to pick them up.  Others prepare special treats and goodies as an antidote to the oft complained about cafeteria food. Robert and Pam Champion won’t have that opportunity.   Their son, Robert, died on November 19.  His death…

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King Out of Context – Just Fix It!

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was anything but an “arrogant twit”.  Yet Dr. Maya Angelou called it entirely correctly when she said that one of the quotes engraved on the side of the new memorial to Dr. King portrays the man as a braggart, not the humble servant leader that he was.  “I was a drum major for justice”, the memorial reads.  The actual “drum major” speech is a profound speech about the…

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The Obama Jobs Bill – A Step In The Right Direction

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

I was among the millions who eagerly looked forward to President Obama’s speech on jobs last week, among the millions who hoped our President would finally get his arms around the issue that plagues millions of Americans. The official unemployment rates, after all, are nothing more than a pleasant fiction. The 9.1 percent unemployment rate for August is actually a whopping 16.2 percent. For African Americans, the unemployment rate, reported…

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A Sugar Coated Satan Sandwich with Strychnine on the Side: Will the Debt Ceiling Fix Bring Double Dip Recession?

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Our country appears to have avoided default on our debt, based on a deal that was cut Sunday night, and negotiations that will begin Monday morning. Of course, as I write this, there may well be another monkey wrench thrown into the process of compromise, as the Tea Party Republicans have been intransient and completely unwilling to compromise. President Obama and some Democrats, on the other hand, have been far…

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Racing Toward the Bottom

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

While a Department of Education program embraces “a race to the top”, our nation’s current stance toward our fourteen million officially unemployed people represents nothing less than a race to the bottom.  We are content to report, month after month, unemployment rates in excess of nine percent, to use questionable language to describe tepid performance, and to assuage ourselves with myths that the economy is in recovery because GDP growth…

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China Bets On the Euro

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

China has more than $3 trillion in currency reserves, more than any other country in the world.  They’ve decided to use some of their reserves to invest in the euro, the currency of the European Union.  In putting money behind the euro, China says that despite the challenges posed by financial problems in Greece, despite worries that the euro is weakening, in the words of Premier Wen Jiabo, it has…

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The Conspiracy to Steal the 2012 Election

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Attorney Barbara Arnwine, leader of the DC based Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is on a mission. She wants to make sure that every citizen has the right to vote.  On its face, it seems like a retro mission, since the right to vote has long been established.  But one look at her Map of Shame, a map she shared at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s 40th Anniversary and…

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