Insight News

Oct 04th


Emmett Till's life still matters

Emmett Till's life still mattersThe more things change, the more they stay the same. Racially motivated murder of young Black Americans across the United States is not a new or rare phenomenon. For too long this brutally fatal manifestation of the madness of American racism has persisted in the face of public horror and disgust.

Can Hillary survive email controversy?

Can Hillary survive email controversy?If you had asked me just a year ago if former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States I'd have replied "no question." I expected a near-coronation on the Democratic side, and a little rough-and-tumble on the Republican side.

Our white liberal conundrum

Our white liberal conundrumOne of the enduring debates since the enslavement of Africans in the American colonies has been the extent to which well-meaning whites can appropriate Black suffering and be a true participant in our liberation. From the roots of the abolitionist movement to the Niagara Movement, and subsequent founding of the interracial National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to the Civil Rights Movement, the issue of 'white intention' has been a point of conflict not only between purportedly liberal whites and Blacks, but within the Black community.

Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system

Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice systemWhenever I have an opportunity to rejoin the transformational activities of the civil rights organization that was founded and led by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am always eager to participate. Such was the case July 23 in Baton Rouge, La. The occasion was the 57th annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and I had been invited to participate as part of a panel on criminal justice reform.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for protecting youth from the harms of tobacco

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for protecting youth from the harms of tobaccoThe Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance designed to protect our youth from the harms of flavored tobacco. This ordinance removes cheap, flavored tobacco such as cigars and cigarillos from convenience stores and increases the price of these products to $2.60 each. Previously, these products were available for as little as two for a mere 88 cents. Cheap and attractive to our youth!

Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?

Child Watch: Where are the caring adults?What's on the minds of many high school students these days—the start of a new school year, getting a driver's license, worrying whether they'll make the team, perhaps daydreaming about college and sweating over SAT exams? But that's not what three Black male high school students told a Children's Defense Fund audience this summer they're thinking and worrying about.

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of serviceHorace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tenn. into a family of privilege. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was a noted educator who served as president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where such notables as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson were frequent guests.
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