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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

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The Epidemic of Violence and Fratricide in Chicago and America’s Dark Ghettos The tragic death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of basketball star Dwayne Wade, has once again called the nation’s attention to the horrific human carnage afflicting Black neighborhoods in Chicago and across the country. Chicago has become the epicenter, the focal point of an internal epidemic of violence and murders that is causing excoriating pain, anguish and anxiety…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

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Vantage Point Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels What Next for the Progressive Movement Beyond Cautious, Calculating Hillary Author’s Note: The article was initially scheduled for release just prior to the Democratic Convention. It was revised after the Convention to take into account the impact of the proceedings. At a moment in history when Bernie Sanders came out of nowhere to mount an electrifying campaign as an unabashed Democratic…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The Haitian Masses Deserve Free, Fair and Transparent Elections

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February 8, 2016 I recently penned an article in which I encouraged President Obama to visit Haiti before the end of his term, to pay tribute to the unique history/heritage of the first Black Republic in the world and as an expression of gratitude to the Haitian people for their contribution towards building the United States of America.  However, the political turmoil on the ground at the moment suggests that…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Why the President Should Visit Haiti

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Recently much attention has been made of President Obama’s “bucket list,” those things he would like to accomplish before the end of his term. Among the items on his list is a visit to Cuba. This would be a dramatic event, climaxing one of the signature achievements of his presidency – breaking the decades- long diplomatic and economic isolation of Cuba to usher in a new era of normalized relations. The site of an American President, the first African American President, being welcomed in Cuba, an Afro-Hispanic nation, would be stunning and historic!

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Reparations: Eradicating the “Badges and Incidents” of Slavery

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2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. The Amendment officially abolished slavery, completing a process begun with the “partial” Emancipation Proclamation which only “freed” enslaved Africans in those states that were at war with the Union. It would be the first of three Reconstruction Amendments which would abolish slavery, establish citizenship and grant the right to vote to the formerly enslaved Africans. The 13th Amendment is also noteworthy because of the pledge to “eradicate the badges and indications of slavery.” President Obama and members of Congress hailed the Amendment as one of the great achievements of racial justice at a ceremony in the nation’s Capital.

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The Red, Black and Green: Fly the Flag and Fight for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey

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The Red, Black and Green Fly the Flag and Fight for the Exoneration of Marcus Garvey [For publication the week of July 27, 2015] August 17 will mark the 128th birthday of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the visionary Jamaican-born leader who built the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) into the largest mass movement for liberation in the history of Africans in America and perhaps the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The 20th Anniversary of the Haiti Support Project Towards a Pilgrimage to Enhance Bonds of Unity and Development

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June 5, 1995 I set foot in Haiti for the first time, leading a delegation of twenty African Americans eager to learn about the history, culture and state of development in the first Black Republic in this hemisphere. October 14-18 (the week after the commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March), plans are to organize a select delegation of African American and Haitian American civil rights/human rights,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Did Democrat’s “Panic” Lead to Mid-Term Debacle?

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Now that the political pundits, analysts and campaign consultants have had their say, I thought it was time to offer a perspective on the debacle suffered by the Democrats during the recent mid-term elections. Let’s get right to it. In the face of a calculated and relentless assault by Republicans on Barack Obama, a President with a dismal approval rating, Democratic candidates panicked and frantically ran away from the President and his/their “record” over the past six years.

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