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Walter L. Fields Jr.

Our Work in the Age of Trump

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b Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition at work Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed The first step toward recovery is acknowledging you have a problem. So, in the aftermath of the presidential election can we admit that the same America that existed on Election Day, existed two decades ago, and exists today? To act like a different America emerged on November…

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It’s the damn Police

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My first lesson in the workings of the Baltimore Police Department was received as a college student. While living in West Baltimore, in the heart of the ‘hood,’ young Black men schooled me as I was standing on the steps of a corner store. As police sirens blazed in the background, and getting within earshot with each passing second, the cries of “Five-O!” rang out on the corner. As about…

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For Democrats, a Sure Thing is Elusive

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  In presidential politics, this nuisance thing called ‘history’ often has a way of rearing its sometimes ugly head. Political operatives often deny it, try to deflect its impact or completely ignore how history bears upon the politics of the moment. This year the lessons of presidential elections of the past are looming large despite proclamations that this election unlike any other is ‘critical’ or unique in its tensions and…

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It’s not about Trump, it’s about US

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  Now that Donald Trump has a clear path to the Republican presidential nomination, the hysteria has begun over the possibility of the real estate magnate becoming the next occupant of the Oval Office. The same news media that first scoffed at a Trump candidacy, then sensationalized his campaign, now seeks to put the lightening they let loose back in the bottle. Whether print, online or on television, news organizations…

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Bill Clinton’s Black Magic

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Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton earning cool points on the Arsenio Hall Show Just when I thought former president Bill Clinton could not surpass his most racially offensive moment, he outdoes himself with his performance in Philadelphia yesterday. The ‘most interesting spouse in America’ was confronted by a Black protester at an event for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and did not take kind for the intrusion of a…

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We need a Justice Resurrection

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It seems that on a daily basis the weaknesses and flaws of our nation’s justice system are exposed, revealing the deep biases that continue to undermine the public’s trust in our government. These incidents have a number of effects; from eroding public trust in the jury system and confirming the suspicions of citizens, particularly African-Americans and Latinos, that the cozy relationship between law enforcement and prosecutors undermines the administration of…

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The Great White Dope

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“Trump’s embrace of gutter politics plays to the misplaced fears and anger of many whites who have longed for a hate whisperer who could sense their outrage over the audacity of Blacks, Latinos and immigrants not knowing their place. His campaign is the perfect echo chamber for the uneducated or minimally educated white masses that can’t understand how their whiteness has not benefited them and pin their unhappiness on the…

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What’s in your child’s backpack?

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School has begun, or is set to open, in public school districts across the country. As happens every school year, children will trek off to school with their backpacks loaded with a bevy of school supplies; three-ring binders, pencils, pens, calculators and some, with computer tablets. These are the ‘tools of the trade’ that suggests a child is prepared to enter the classroom, ready to learn. Still, there are other…

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