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Key pillars of a strong and fair economy are crumbling in North Carolina
Monday, September 15, 2014
A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy, even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one of those pillars and are letting the other one slowly disintegrate. In North Carolina’s current economy,
 
Itís time to mend the ties between police and the black community
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ask young boys what they want to be when they grow up, and the answer might be “police officer.” It’s common to want to protect the innocent, have authority and be the hero. For me, it wasn’t any different. I wanted to put on a uniform and badge so I could protect and serve. As I was growing up, my parents were adamant that I have
 
Buffalo Soldier Colonel Charles Young returns home
Thursday, September 11, 2014
On Sept. 28, the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, joined by the Mason County Government and the Maysville Community Technical College, are hosting an event in Mays Lick, Kentucky, honoring the legacy of Colonel Charles Young. The event is to mark the restoration of the birth cabin of Young and premier a commissioned bronze maquette of his
 
Tim Scott doesnít run from his blackness
Monday, September 8, 2014
I have been extremely critical of so-called black Republicans, as well as so-called black conservatives, and that’s not going to change. Too often they feel the need to check their blackness at the door under the perverted guise of currying favor with whites within the party. These are the type of blacks that many in the party want to showcase.
 
DMV bureaucracy unfairly burdens safe drivers with disabilities
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her though from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however, much to Kay’s surprise, North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles added a restriction to her license requiring
 
An upside to focusing on race
Monday, September 1, 2014
Because of the hypersensitivity to which our world has succumbed, race is a frightening or taboo subject for many. Nonetheless, we should all talk about it. It’s really hard to label anyone an expert on race. Many of us have been exposed to various cultural practices and living conditions, but there is a world out there that transcends our
 
Differences in black and white
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it comes to race, blacks and whites largely view events through a different set of lenses. Several recent polls provided yet more proof of this disheartening trend. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News
 
Trust between police and the community essential
Monday, August 25, 2014
Contrary to what some might think, the review of the Human Relations Commission and the Civilian Police Review Board recommendations has been beneficial for Durham city government and the entire Durham community. It provided impetus for a valuable introspection that required asking difficult and sometimes sensitive questions, the review of processes and
 

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