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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Don’t Mess with Max: Mnuchin Madness

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Who does Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin think he is? Simmering in his putrid privilege, he seemed to think that he was in charge of the House Financial Services Committee. He was rude and rogue when he snapped back at Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the committee chair, because she checked him on his nonsense. The hapless Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, forgot his place and was publicly and unacceptably…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Green New Deal and Socialism aside, Ocasio-Cortez Makes Us Re-Think Democracy

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By Tim Libretti, PoliticusUSA  — We might as well crown Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Don Draper of the beltway—because there’s no mistaking that she has fundamentally re-shaped political conversation in Washington, D.C., offering a cure to bicameral boredom and a fresh approach to problem-solving. Whatever your position, it is hard to argue that she has brought a new zest and energy to the legislative arena with her unapologetic embrace of…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

King, Memphis and the Morality of Sacrifice: Dangerous Unselfishness and Righteous Struggle

By | Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In this month, we rightly turn toward Memphis and the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King and again towards the enduring message and meaning of his life. Indeed, we turn to Memphis because it is the site of the martyrdom of Dr. King, one of the tallest trees in our forest of freedom fighters and a constant reminder we must continue the struggle and keep…

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A group portrait of the first African-American legislators in the 41st and 42nd Congress. Library of Congress

How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

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By Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., Times — During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. —…

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Supporters of American slavery reparations in Washington in 2002.CreditCreditManny Ceneta/Getty Images

Reparations: A Conversation Worth Having

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The debate on when it is relevant to apologize and pay reparations for misdeeds and human rights violations tells us that the past is never dead. By Jorge G. Castañeda, The New York Times — MEXICO CITY — Three weeks ago and 500 years after the arrival of Hernán Cortés in Veracruz, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico sent a letter to the king of Spain. In it, he…

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Houston rappers are putting their money in the only African American bank in Houston Unity Bank in third ward.

Nipsey, And Others, Dispel Thug Image of Black Males

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — There are two stories that regularly make the rounds about men like Nipsey Hussle. The one story that should be routinely told, pointed to, and held up for all is the colossal refutation of the gangster and thug image much of the public holds of men such as Nipsey. Yet, this never gets more than passing mention. It took the massive media…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Unfit, Unprepared, Unworthy: Betsy Devoid and the Department of Education

By | Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Betsy “Devoid” (of good sense), also known as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is an aberration, an abomination, an abscess on the complexion of educational policy and equity. She has been so egregious that at least two members of Congress, Katherine Clark (D-Ma) and Mark Pocan (D_WI) have called for her resignation because of her abject indifference to young people, especially those who are Black, Brown and…

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Nipsey Hustle

Why Are There Still Nipsey Hussle Murders Taking Place in Black America in 2019?

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Nipsey Hussle (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019) By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele — As I read and watched the reports on the murder of our brother Nipsey Hussle this past Sunday in the media, I thought about how South Central, Los Angeles’ African American community loss a good Black man. He was a brother of many gifts. He was a father. He was husband. He was a friend. But he was also a Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, and…

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How A Pot Shop And Bank Show Socialism In Action In Capitalist America

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Public ownership may terrify some in the U.S. but these four enterprises show it’s already far more common than many people realize. By Teke Wiggin, Huffpost — Socialism is buzzing. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), two supporters of democratic socialism, are media stars. American millennials have a more positive view of socialism than capitalism. And President Donald Trump used his State of the Union speech to…

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Hurricane Katrina evacuees outside the New Orleans Superdome in 2015.

The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations

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The Democratic Party is talking about both issues separately. They make more sense in tandem. By Emily Atkin, The New Republic — Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last weekend when he heard that Senator Ed Markey was holding a town hall about the Green New Deal in Northampton, a crunchy college town in the heart of the state.…

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