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Commentaries/Opinions

By Dr. Valda Crowder, M.D., MBA

Neighborhoods with ‘Medical Deserts’ Have Emergency Needs During COVID Pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Dr. Valda Crowder, M.D., MBA — A zip code has become a life or death matter. Families that live more than an hour from a hospital may face a death sentence based on their address. A long ambulance ride increases the risk of death. Patients with respiratory emergencies, like the ones caused by coronavirus, are particularly vulnerable. According to the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, over 1,000 hospitals in our country have…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Will the Coronavirus Hit Black Folks Harder?

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Restaurants, museums, libraries, gyms, and bars are closed.  So are schools, from K-12 to higher education. Classes will be conducted online or not at all.  A local vendor told me her receipts were down by 85 percent, and she hopes not to close before the “national emergency” is over. Our streets are deserted, with some cities asking people to “self-quarantine”, or in the words of several…

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Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell

Will Trump and Mitch Really Show Workers and the Poor the COVID Money?

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — At a news conference, Trump went on record saying, “that would be OK with me.” What is “OK” with him is that the one to two trillion dollars in COVID-19 combat stimulus dollars won’t simply fatten the pockets of the banks and big business. He made the promise for a reason. The moment Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they’d fast track the…

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The COVID-19 Crisis Could Be a Greater Crisis for African Americans — By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The COVID-19 Crisis Could Be a Greater Crisis for African Americans

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The instant the first reports came in that COVID-19 is a new, aggressive, and especially lethal viral infection, the question was: will this pose an even greater health menace to African Americans? This was the first question about testing: will Blacks have ready access to screening and testing? Will the treatment care and facilities be readily available in poor and underserved Black communities? Will medications…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Social Solidarity In Spite of Social Distancing: Keeping Our Closeness in Critical Times

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga — There is no real or rational denying of the damage and disruption the coronavirus has done and is continuously doing to our lives and livelihoods, our health and happiness, our meetings and modes of education, our public and private events, travel, and the economy. This deadly and disabling virus has also impacted our family gatherings and visits to each other’s homes and to each other in…

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Medicine

Would Joe and Donald Support Using Cuba Coronavirus Medicine?

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Ted Glick — The issue of Cuba came up again Sunday in the context of the Democratic Presidential debate. Joe Biden attacked Bernie Sanders because Sanders had said publicly in a 60 Minutes interview February 24 that although he was critical of what he called Cuba’s “authoritarian” government, they had done positive things as far as literacy and health care. A Telemundo reporter asked Biden what he thought about…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Corona Confusion and March Madness

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other. Madness is replete this March, but it isn’t on the basketball courts. The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or “direct contact” is spreading all over the world. It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Grounding and Centering Ourselves: Chosen to Bring Good in the World

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Meditation for March and the whole year. Sometimes it is good to stop in the midst of the hustle and bustle of every day and sit down and remember and reflect on people we’ve known and know; places we’ve been and are in now; positions we’ve taken and take now; where we’ve come from and are going; and what we’ve done and want to keep…

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Reached Out to Black Voters. Why Didn’t It Work?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The democratic socialist champions underrepresented groups. So far they’ve voted, en masse, for his rival. By Adam Harris, The Atlantic — Two years ago, Bernie Sanders journeyed south to trace the history of a past revolution, and to imagine a new one. On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., thousands of people gathered on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, for a rally…

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Grand Princess Cruise Ship

Coronavirus will spread faster because we lack universal health care

By Commentaries/Opinions

Under the U.S.’s for-profit health system, the epidemic is not being treated like the public emergency it is. By Joel Segal & Harvey Wasserman, Truthout — A critical factor accelerating the spread of coronavirus in the United States is our lack of universal health care. As we debate the costs of providing medical treatment for all, and as the virus tears through the fabric of our society, it’s become clear…

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