GUN SAFETY IS ABOUT FREEDOM
3/15/2018 1:09:23 AM

By Derrick Johnson President and CEO, NAACP   Fear at school was something the Little Rock Nine knew all too well. Facing vitriol, racism, and merciless violence, the Little Rock Nine were escorted, for their own safety, by federal troops to their high school classes. For those brave students selected to make the promises of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision a reality, fear and terror were a normal part of the school-day routine. Decades later, fear and terror still exist in our children’s classrooms. Due to the National Rifle Association (NRA)...

Civility on Social Media Is Dead
3/15/2018 1:08:25 AM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. I have found myself increasingly wondering whether social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, constitutes a vehicle for civil dialogue. The number of attacks that I have either witnessed or experienced has been astounding. It has gotten to the point that I rarely respond to comments on either Twitter or Facebook, unless I have concluded that the original writer/author was interested in a response. The situation has gotten way out of control. The insults that are thrown around; the demeaning language; the condescension; I could go on and on. About a year ago,...

Their Lives and Futures Remain on Hold
3/15/2018 1:07:32 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Daniela Gonzalez is a mother of two who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from middle and high school in Jackson and is now enrolled in paralegal training classes and pursuing her college degree. Daniela is deeply engaged with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) fighting for workplace safety and other rights for undocumented immigrants, and her dream is to be an immigration lawyer to continue helping others. But first she needs others to fight for her. Daniela came to Jackson with her family at age 11 from Mexico City. She was...

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness; Only Light Can Do That
3/7/2018 10:12:04 PM

By Sophie Pearson   Have you ever seen a ripple in the tide? The water, seemingly calm, is greeted by some odd disturbance, causing it to shift and move. The waves always move outward from the original disturbance and into the environment, affecting everything around it. Imagine yourself at the center of that ripple. As you go through life, you’re greeted by new disturbances and are forced to shift and move accordingly, adapting to new environments. However, just as you are affected, the people around you are, too; they must adapt as well. From up close, these events are...

‘Black Panther’ Showcases the Power of STEM Applications
3/7/2018 10:11:19 PM

By Tyra Metoyer   Article contains spoilers for the “Black Panther” movie.   As I sat in the theater mesmerized by Marvel’s record-breaking “Black Panther,” there were so many moments and messages that filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. The Black Girl Magic was palpable. King T’Challa was a strong, thoughtful king who loved and respected all of his leading ladies. Erik Killmonger was the best supervillain I’ve seen in a really long time. And of course, I want my next trip to the continent to include a visit to the...

This Is Why I Hate Black Republicans
3/7/2018 10:10:01 PM

By Raynard Jackson   I stopped attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), because it reminded me of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons”; Blacks were noticeably missing from both cartoons. There were no Blacks in the past (The Flintstones) and there were no Blacks in the future (The Jetsons). CPAC is the largest annual gathering of mostly White, conservative activists and elected officials in the U.S. and it’s controlled by another conservative group—the American Conservative Union (ACU). Neither CPAC nor the ACU are...

DeVos Coddles Companies While Abandoning Student Loan Borrowers
3/7/2018 10:09:38 PM

By Charlene Crowell   For the 44 million American consumers who struggle with a still-growing student loan debt of $1.4 trillion, the problems wrought by debt collectors and loan servicers is a nagging problem. Servicer changes and errors, unexplained fees that worsen the debt and difficulty in securing income-based repayment plans are all painfully familiar to these consumers. These debts are particularly onerous for Black Americans who utilize federal student loans more than other races or ethnicities: 87 percent. By comparison, Latinos borrow 65 percent of the time and Whites...

A 50-Year Plea Persists
3/7/2018 10:08:47 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white supremacy violence, toxic inaction in Washington, and the decline of the nation’s example around the world.” This quote is an introduction to Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner...

Was Erik Killmonger Right?
2/28/2018 11:41:03 PM

By Lynette Monroe   This commentary contains major spoilers. Marvel’s big screen adaptation of “Black Panther” has surpassed all initial expectations of its debut and topped $700 million after its second weekend. “In terms of raw dollars, it is the second-biggest second weekend gross of all time between Universal/Comcast Corp.'s Jurassic World ($106.5m) and Lucasfilm's The Force Awakens ($149m),” Forbes.com reported. “It has now earned $400m in ten days of release, which makes it the third-fastest grosser of all time (for now)...

Thinking the Unthinkable: Violence Against Children
2/28/2018 11:40:23 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Violence against children. For many people the words alone are unthinkable—the absolute worst of what humans are capable of doing. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida is a stark reminder of the violence that stalks our children in their schools, homes, places of worship, streets, and communities every day. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students’ brave and inspiring response has reminded us all that adults must take action now to protect our children. The politicians and powerful gun industry lobbyists who are stonewalling...