Monday, 06 October 2014 10:32
Ben Chavis, By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist
Black American leadership too often is taken for granted. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation from office not because of malfeasance or wrong doing, but because of his resolve to leave office after serving six years, the third-longest tenure in history. Being the nation's top law enforcement officer was not an easy job, yet he stood tall for the principles of equal justice and fairness.
Building partnerships between police officers and the communities they serve
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:02
What is community policing? In the wake of increased shootings in Ferguson and around the country, there has been a renewed public interest in the role of police, the extent of police brutality, and the prevalence of racial bias.
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:02
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist
Whenever someone accuses an African American of playing the "race card," I cringe. Racism in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as "playing the race card" when it comes to making an accurate or rational evaluation of the socioeconomic and political plight of 45 million Black Americans. A routine disingenuous tactic of those who want to justify the systemic racial oppression of Black Americans and others is to accuse the articulate victims of racism of "playing the race card."
What makes white folks think their child rearing methods are so great?
Monday, 22 September 2014 10:03
Nobody asked me, but the NFL has gotten on my last nerve.
I have never hit a woman and I am the father and grandfather of four wonderful females. If any of them walked into a hook, I would consider going happily to jail for murder. Though, I must admit that if they got hit while, themselves, in full attack mode, it would undermine my indignation.
Ferguson: A painful reminder of Black angst and anger
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:58
People call us loud and rightfully so. History teaches us that we must seize the opportunity to channel national attention toward the injustices we face. We are a loud people with voices that carry and at times we get caught in the emotion and don't demonstrate proper restraint (I'm not talking about looting and the destruction of property. I'll never give the criminal opportunists in our community the same standing as our sages and upstanding folks.). Wisdom provides restraint. This essay is an attempt to bring clarity to the events in Ferguson, Mo. It is an attempt to wrest the narrative away from all of the negative things perpetuated about our community and shine a light on how codified social stereotypes continue to be used against us in the media. The Black victim or the Black victimizer seems to be the only choice offered. I believe Black Angst and anger and how these cousins are handled by us and law enforcement should be given equal time.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:11
STEM jobs are increasing at staggering rates, meanwhile the amount of minorities and women graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics remains alarmingly low. This leads to a lack of intellectual capital causing wages in the field to be comparatively high, while also encouraging outsourcing and the growth of racial and gender income disparities. In order to prevent such effects and increase the supply of much needed STEM educated individuals, more minorities and women must be brought into the STEM field.