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Carson: Cutting unemployment isn’t the answer

Today, the unemployment rate stands at 5.9%, but it runs much deeper than what is often reported. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of Americans...

What’s up with critical race theory?

Critical race theory. It’s difficult to think of an academic concept that causes more angst among politically conservative whites (and the small percentage of...

Smith: Democracy’s slow death

The slogan of The Washington Post is “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” That phrase likely originated with Damon Keith, the legendary federal judge who died...

Smith: The mental struggle of being Black

Waking up every day is an absolute blessing. I’m grateful to be alive. Grateful for my health, family and friends. Grateful for life! But...

Smith: The nuances of ‘Uncle Tom’

For nearly as far back as I can recall, I have been familiar with “Uncle Tom.” Of course, that is the name of the...

Shabazz: Juneteenth is coming. Habari Gani?

Habari Gani? The Swahili words that mean “What’s the news?” are often associated with the Kwanzaa holiday. However, this month, as we near the...

Smith: Breathing a little easier

“He mattered because he was a human being.” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison delivered these solemn, simple, sermonic words at a press conference following the...

Disproportionate funding forces some schools to do more with less

By WAYNE BARKER, superintendent, School City of Mishawaka, MARK DANIEL, superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools, STEVEN HOPE, superintendent, Goshen Public Schools, ALEESIA JOHNSON, superintendent,...

Why HBCUs are more important now than ever

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been educating and cultivating the minds of Black students for well over a century, yet every year...

The funny thing is …

Recently I participated in a discussion about whether certain names were “appropriate” for particular racial and ethnic groups. (All of the discussants were Black.)...
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