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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Obama as a One Term President: Implications for the Progressive Movement

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles

Congresswoman Michele Bachman, the Tea Party firebrand from Minnesota, has declared her candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for President.  She stole the show at CNN´s first Republican Primary Debate in New Hampshire by emphatically declaring: “President Obama is a one term President.”   Unquestionably this has been the goal of the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) from the very first day of the Obama presidency.  At every turn, the Republican…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

African Americans Must Be in the Forefront of the Fight

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Declaring War on the War on Drugs African Americans Must Be in the Forefront of the Fight by Dr. Ron Daniels There was a veritable explosion of information, energy and events around the 40th Anniversary of the War on Drugs. Numerous reports were released (including one by the prestigious Global Commission on the War on Drugs), and there were countless interviews, town hall meetings and forums in scores of cities…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

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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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Vantage Point: Declaring War on the “War on Drugs”

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Declaring War on the “War on Drugs” Creating Just and Humane Alternatives to a Failed Strategy Some time ago I wrote an article entitled — Black America: A State of Emergency Without Urgency. I suggested that millions of Black people are imprisoned in America´s “dark ghettos,” “catching more hell” than ever before as Malcolm X would put it.  There has been a deafening silence in the media and an amazing…

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Assessment of President Barack Obama´s 2011 State of the Union Address

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President Obama´s second State of the Union address must be considered in the context of important economic and political factors. On the economic front, though the “Great Recession” appears to be over, the recovery is anemic, leaving millions of people unemployed, underemployed, with large numbers of people also abandoning the labor market. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans continue to be adversely affected by the home mortgage crisis. Both phenomena fueled a mood of anger, frustration and despair that the Tea Party Patriots and Republicans were able to exploit to score stunning victories in the 2010 Mid-Term Elections. Republicans captured a substantial majority in the House of Representative, reduced the Democrats majority in the Senate, elected 21 Governors and won control of 19 additional state legislatures. President Obama called it a “shellacking.”

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The Task of the Prophet in the Age of Angst

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The task of the prophet in the time of angst is to caution against revenge. It´s calling friend and foe alike to the numinous-or, simply saying there is another way. Our contemporary age has been shaped by anxiety-inducing events-ecological calamity, fiscal insecurity, and arbitrary terror. Ecological disaster strikes indiscriminately; the international fiscal crisis has engendered collective experience of economic demise; wars of revenge elevate the presence death and despair in…

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The “Declining Significance” of Black History

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In the middle of this year´s Black History Month I was momentarily overcome by a weird feeling. There was a kind of ho hum, mundane, routine, business as usual atmosphere about this year´s commemoration with little passion or intensity. Maybe it was just me, but I had a sense that Black History Month was/is straying from Carter G. Woodson´s original mission of utilizing history as an instrument of restoration and liberation for people of African descent in the U.S.

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