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A Fair Shot in America

For Your Consideration By Oscar Blayton Felicity Huffman says she just wanted to give her daughter “a fair shot” at getting into the college of her choice. That is the reason the Emmy Award-winning actress paid someone to cheat on her daughter’s college entrance exam. Huffman pled guilty in federal court to paying $15,000 to

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2016 Is Not Good Enough for 2020

Photo credit: nrdcactionfund.org By Oscar H. Blayton It’s déjà vu all over again. The defeat of the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 was crushing, and many reasons have been given for why Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House went down in flames. Some people blame her failure to visit key states often enough. Others

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WHY LADY LIBERTY WEEPS

Photo credit: petergrandich.com By Oscar H. Blayton There is a sickening stench about Ken Cuccinelli. Ken Cuccinelli is Donald Trump’s newly appointed acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and his type of stench is not one that assaults the nose, rather it is a noxious affront that assaults one’s dignity. Cuccinelli’s main

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Answering the Call: Immigration Reform 2019

Photo credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz By: Duvalier J. Malone When I heard the news of the ICE raids in my home state of Mississippi, it horrified me; but I can’t say it surprised me. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for unity and racial harmony has always been particularly tough and violent. For years in

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Why Do White Mass Killers Always Seem to Live Another Day?

Photo credit: twitter.com By Earl Ofari Hutchinson Connor Betts, the mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio is an anomaly. He is an anomaly not because he murdered nine persons less than 24 hours after Patrick Crusius massacred 20 in El Paso. He is different because he was gunned down by Dayton police. That’s not the usual

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Broken…

By TJ Baker HOUSTON – There has been much debate going on about the Reparation bill, H.R. 40. Some wonder, whether it should be passed or not; if Black folks should receive any kind of compensation like the Japanese and Jewish people did following World War II. The Japanese, because America held majority of the

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Injustice in the Justice System

By Rashad Richey We want very specific things from our criminal justice system: safe streets, low crime, the correct people in jail and low-level, nonviolent offenders out of jail. It seems a small request, but even before 14-year old Emmett Till was lynched for allegedly saying “bye, baby” to a White woman at a store

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JOE BIDEN AND JOE SCARBOROUGH: CREATURES OF THE DEEP

By Oscar H. Blayton Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking in his “aw shucks, I’m just Joe” style has set off a firestorm within the ranks of the Democratic presidential contenders. During a June 18th fundraiser with wealthy potential donors, he lamented the lack of civility in government. To make his point, Biden recalled how

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BLACK WOMEN ARE INCARCERATED FOR THE CRIME OF POVERTY

By Oscar H. Blayton It seems like every day we learn about another facet of the cruelty of the American criminal justice system. Ava DuVernay’s blockbuster documentary on Netflix, When They See Us, has heightened the furor over the fact that, in America, law enforcement means “control” rather than “justice” for people of color. And

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