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The Shame, it took a Virus for America to Finally Bail out Its Workers and the Poor

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Moments before the House took a final vote on the COVID stimulus package, a handful of progressive House Democrats railed that the bill gave the heavy cash to the major corporations. While workers and the poor, they said, got crumbs. This was also pretty much the attack line from Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressive Democrats in the days before the final vote on…

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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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Fast food workers and union members carry signs as they stage a protest outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis Sanitation Strike that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Economic Justice?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Economic justice was always central to Martin Luther King Jr.’s agenda. But society has moved backward on that issue since his death. By Michael K. Honey, Time — When Memphis sanitation workers went on strike in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. knew they had a lesson to teach America. “You are reminding the nation,” he told attendees at a March 1968 rally there, “that it is a crime for people to live…

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Man holding American flag

Reparations: One Necessary Step Toward Black Freedom

By Reparations

By Darrel Thompson, CLASP — Reparations for descendants of enslaved Black people have been discussed on and off at least since the end of the Civil War. But the conversation has been reignited by an inflamed racist political climate, drawing renewed focus to the nation’s racist past. Last spring, students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. voted to create a fund benefitting descendants of enslaved Black people sold by the university; all…

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Railed Against Economic Inequality

By Editors' Choice

The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass died 125 years ago. Jacobin published never-before-transcribed articles from Frederick Douglass’ Paper denouncing capitalism and economic inequality. By Matt Karp  — Everyone knows that Frederick Douglass, who died 125 years ago today, was a fierce opponent of slavery and a powerful champion of freedom, justice, and equality for all. But when it comes to Douglass’s concrete political views, things are more complicated. For…

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Booker T Washington

Bookerism and the Black Elite

By Editors' Choice

Managing race relations from above. By Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic — On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington gave his famous address to the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition. Washington declared before this regional business gathering his acquiescence in the name of the black Southern population to the new regime of almost total black disfranchisement and the abrogation of civil rights within a social, political, and economic…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Everybody’s Got the Right to Live

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — More than nine hundred people crowded into the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Washington, DC.  They had gathered to hear Rev. William Barber, the dynamic and prophetic co-leader (with Rev. Liz Theoharis) of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  They came, not only to hear Rev. Barber but also to sing and bond and listen to poor people…

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Dr. Willie Wilson

Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By TBT News — “Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate: My background as a former sharecropper from Louisiana who went through the hard knocks of life is the very reason I’m a passionate advocate of Reparations for African American people. My story is fully documented in The Wall Street Journal. “I believe in reparations for ALL citizens of African American descent in this country, but primarily (and to…

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Four Speeches by Dr. King That Can Still Guide Us Today

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Alan Singer, HNN — Author’s note: On January 9, 2020 I delivered the Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute lecture at the Uniondale Public Library in Uniondale, New York. The presentation focused on four speeches by Dr. King that illustrate his concerns and suggest what his views on the world today might have been. Thank you for inviting me to speak today at the Uniondale (NY) Public Library Martin Luther King,…

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