Insight News

Oct 06th


The audacity of an “unyielding hope”

None of us truly dared to believe that we would see it happen in our lifetime—the election of the first African American president of the United States. And the political pundits, as well as the Republican opposition, were caught off-guard by the unprecedented numbers (and the awe-inspiring diversity) of citizens who registered, voted, and turned out to celebrate a much-hoped for victory.

African Americans disproportionately affected by the economic downturn

The current recession has certainly taken its toll on everyone. From large corporations to small businesses to families, most of us can fairly say that, in some way, we have suffered a financial loss. But African Americans, more than any other group, are disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. We are losing jobs at faster rates and, as a result, our net wealth is decreasing. Amid reports of an improving economy, many are still worried about their financial futures. America must continue to support its citizens so that they may withstand this downturn and not come out worse for the wear.

Hate crime prevention law recognizes gender, sexual orientation, disability

"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him." Bayard Rustin

Too big to fail?

Supporters of slave reparations, argue that there is no equal opportunity for African Americans, nor has there ever been. Systematic discrimination deprives African Americans of equal chances and deserve justice and equal parity.  The clear lack of parity in the recent instances of bailouts for the rich and distain for stimulus or reparations to the descendants of slaves.  The Black American community’s population contribution to the wealth of America is too great to continue failing to address such inequity.

Health care and the moral imperative

I am always troubled by those in government claiming they have a moral imperative to enact this or that policy.  A little digging often reveals that their motives are more self serving than moral.  I am doubly troubled when those raising the moral banner tend to reject the very idea of an objective morality applicable to all men at all times.

Proposed $50 billion fund can mean more small business loans

Earlier this year, major corporations like General Motors, Bank of America and Citigroup received federal dollars – taxpayer money – to keep their operations afloat.  Despite public outcries of corporate excess and financial mismanagement leading the entities to the mess they were in, the government followed through with these bailouts because it was the right thing to do for the nation’s economy.  In the midst of all this, we’ve heard very little about small businesses, which are the backbone of the American economy. This recession has affected them, too. And it’s time we turn our attention in their direction.

One in four in the church pew out of work

(NNPA) - Pretend you are on a church pew.  Worshipping, eight of you.  If you are sitting up in the Black church, two of you eight do not have a job. Multiply that by the whole church. The two in eight number gets even worse.  Someone sitting jobless is connected to a family with a job, a family who feels connection and responsibility, a need to help.
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