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Want racial justice? Start with filling out your census
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Those living in our nation's poor and minority communities have historically gone undercounted in the U.S. Census. For instance, nearly 1 million Black Americans went uncounted nationwide in the 2010 census. Fortunately, there's an easy step you can take that will go a long way towards ensuring everyone in our communities gets the representation and
Raise the minimum wage for essential workers
Friday, July 31, 2020
Every day in these hard times, grocery workers and delivery drivers, health care aides and cleaning staff, child care workers and fast food cooks, go to work for $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. It’s been $7.25 since July 24, 2009. That’s 11 years without an increase – the longest period in history without a raise. Some people say
LETTER: Two Durhams mean housing inequality
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
In early 2020, McDougald Terrace housing project residents were thrown into a crisis none of them asked. After years of financial neglect from the Durham Housing Authority and failing maintenance issues, residents were informed of carbon monoxide leaks in their area. As evacuation orders became a reality, the lives of the residents were forever changed.
As homeschooling grows, children need protection
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
With the pandemic forcing children to remain at least partly out of school during the approaching fall semester, more parents are considering the homeschool option. Indeed, interest surged so much in early July that a state homeschool registration website crashed. While homeschooling is an excellent option for many families, providing both flexibility and
Reflections on systemic racism in higher education
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
CHAPEL HILL – Several of my white friends and colleagues have asked me recently what changes are required to address systemic racism in higher education institutions. After reflecting on personal experiences as an African American professor for four decades in two predominantly white institutions, I will highlight activities that have given me race
Beware of anti-Trump Republicans who endorse Biden
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
A stampeding herd of “anti-Trump” Republican organizations and PACs has flooded the 2020 presidential campaign with ads attacking the president and endorsing his rival, Joe Biden. If beating Donald Trump in November is your main thing, this would appear to be only good news. I am forced to wonder, however, what the real intent is behind this

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