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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Trump’s America By Dawn’s Early Light: Notes on Lynching, Lying and Seeking Justice

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — Pushing back the thick fog and fumes of the putrid propaganda of White supremacist triumphalism, what can we really see and sing by the dawn’s early light except Trump’s deformed and deficient conception of America unmasked? For all the hype, hustle and hypocrisy around “making America great again,” it presupposes an imaginary past void of its victims and of the violence, genocide, enslavement, segregation and…

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Georgetown University

Will America’s Universities Point The Way Towards Reparations For Slavery?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Evan Gerstmann, Forbes — Georgetown University recently announced that it plans to raise around $400,000 a year to pay for reparations. They would go to the descendants of enslaved people who were exploited by Jesuit plantations and who were eventually sold to bring revenue to the university. A number of other universities, including Princeton Theological Seminary, have also announced plans for reparations. The moral case for reparations is easy to grasp….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The Homelessness Crisis – We Are Better Than This

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I was returning from an errand when the skies opened up. The punishing rain came down with such vigor that despite an umbrella, the bottom inches of my pants were soaked. With my wash and wear hair, and just half a block more to walk, I shrugged the rain off, until I saw a woman sheltering herself from the rain in a narrow but covered side…

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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP

Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon dies at 90

By Commentaries/Opinions, Editors' Choice

Congressman John James Conyers Jr. (May 16, 1929 – October 27, 2019) By Herb Boyd — Unlike his often convulsive, tumultuous political career, former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep Sunday at his home in Detroit. The iconic and highly productive representative from Michigan was 90. More than half those 90 years were spent on the battleground for civil rights and public service, including 53 years as…

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Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Cincinnati in August.

Democrats Are Wooing the Wrong White People

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It’s obvious which Trump supporters will go down with this ship—and there’s no point trying to change their minds. By Steve Phillips — The shift in public opinion regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump reveals that Democrats are frequently worried about the wrong white people. In the last two months, the mainstream media has trumpeted polling showing that the majority of Americans now support impeachment, and a deeper dive into…

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Stop Racism Now

A Racist Attack Shows How Whiteness Evolves

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An assault at a New Jersey high school football game had an unexpected cast of characters. By Nell Irvin Painter — Two 17-year-old boys accused of harassing four African-American middle schoolgirls — using racial slurs and urinating on one of the victims — are facing charges including bias intimidation and lewdness. The incident, which took place during an Oct. 18 high school football game in the New Jersey suburb of Lawrence Township and was partly captured…

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Yes, Trump Can be Indicted While in Office, But…

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — It’s said so much that it’s become almost a political urban legend. The “it” is that Trump could shoot someone in broad daylight with gobs of witnesses on in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and get away with. During sparring in a New York court over Trump’s tax returns, his attorneys seemingly made that political fiction official. They brazenly said that he was…

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Mmusi Maimane

Liberalism in South Africa isn’t only for white people—or black people who “want to be white”

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By Steven Friedman — Liberalism is meant to be about freedom for all individuals, regardless of race. But linking liberalism to whiteness as is happening now is not new in South Africa. Most activists who fought for black freedom dismissed liberalism as a white ideology designed to tame black people, not to free them. This was hardly surprising, since many white liberals spoke and acted as if liberalism was exactly that:…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Righteous and Relentless Struggle: Reflections on the Principle and Practice

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — (Remembering, reflecting and recommitting.) We cannot say it too often, stress it too much and certainly must never downplay in any way the definitive, determining and decisive role the principle and practice of righteous and relentless struggle have played in the self-conception, self-construction and self-assertion of our people and our organization Us, and the persons called into being and cultivated by both. For among the most defining…

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R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

National Reconciliation Without Accountability Rings Hollow

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By R. Drew Smith Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Co-Convener, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race — Twenty-five years ago, Nelson Mandela was elected South African president after serving 27 years in prison for leading resistance against racially-oppressive apartheid rule. During that same moment in April of 1994, a horrible tragedy was unfolding further north on the African continent as longstanding ethnic grievances within Rwanda irr

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