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“Unacceptable: Only 7 percent of vaccinated Florida residents are Black.” This was the lead title in a story by Matt Dixon of Politico, which got me extremely upset and frustrated with the Black community in Florida.

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Critical race theory  (CRT) is an academic movement of civil rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to  racial justice. Critical Race Theory examines social,…

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Millions of people have celebrated former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd as a validation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Sometimes I think I channel the wisdom of my grandmother, Lucille “Big Mama” Allen so deeply that she is most likely smiling in heaven saying to God, “he waited until I was long gone before he learned anything!”

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“I will never forget the violence of the white mob when we left our home. I still see Black men being shot, Black bodies lying in the street. I still smell smoke and see fire. I still see Black businesses being burned. I still hear airplanes flying overhead. I hear the screams. I have lived …

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I have always been politically independent. I’ve tried to be fair when writing about politics. I write about both major political parties. I criticize both and I praise both when praises are due.

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Higher education, historically Black or otherwise, is best served with a careful blend of practitioner and researcher training; that is to say that it is no longer sufficient for students paying premium costs to learn how to do a job armed solely with theoretical exposure in the field.

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Now that the three men accused of killing 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago are in custody, let’s ask the question many of have wondered about from the start.

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Ladies, this column is for you. I have two daughters and what I’m writing about is nothing that my daughters haven’t heard from me before.

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Recently, I had the opportunity to again listen to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On album. His scores are soul-stirring, and his lyrics touch the highs and lows of the human experience.  

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I had the honor of delivering the commencement address at Tennessee State University. Like many historically black colleges and universities, TSU was born in the crucible of the age of segregation. It was born at a time when our forefathers and foremothers were escaping from the throes of th…

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I’m not perfect nor do I claim to be. Although I strive to get as close as possible, I don’t evaluate my comportment as perfect or my judgment as infallible. I accept the humanity and infallibility of others and hope, that when evaluated by others, I will be extended that same courtesy and g…

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President Biden has spoken personally about the importance of ending police violence and reimagining public safety. Thanks to the voters who elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, we now have a Department of Justice that actually cares about justice. And I am not just …

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The withdrawal of American troops from the country of Afghanistan will not stop the war there. Nor will it stop any war anywhere. The war of the worlds cannot and will not be stopped by the re-arrangement of soldiers and military resources. Every conflict is about land, money and power! The …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many across the country and has affected every American in some way. Minority communities, in particular, have faced an above average death rate from COVID-19, as well as a higher rate of business closures, sending shockwaves through our communiti…

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The Florida Legislature had quite a time in its now concluded 60-day session—quite a time passing legislation that will hurt Florida and Floridians—after limiting public access to testimony. Public access, public comment and public protests hold governments accountable. When governments arou…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on for over a year now. It’s impacted everything from family and jobs to school and simple college life. Sidenote: still mourning a year without a homecoming. Plus  virtual graduation  and no prom? And Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, that’s another topic.…

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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott recently got a lot of news coverage by the imperialist press after his response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress. My ancestors were enslaved Africans in South Carolina and a lot of Gantts still live there. I’m somewhat concerned…

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My family and I have been loyal Disney customers for decades. We vacation at Disney World every year. We take a Disney cruise every year or two. Consequently, we spend way too much money in Orlando. Unfortunately, I am strongly rethinking our commitment to Disney and, thus, Orlando. The more…

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America is at war with Black People and people of color. How could a credible Minneapolis police department put out a factual press release, which was a complete lie, and had no truth in it? “Man Dies after Medical Incident during Police Intervention,” says the Minneapolis police department …

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We need to accept that we must fix this country before we can truly serve it in the name of justice. Given all the wars in which Black folk have bled and died, this country has barely inched down the road of fairness, equality and respect for all human life and dignity. In 1735 when […]

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America’s Black communities need their own security forces. Persons currently tasked with protecting and serving African Americans fail miserably time after time after time! We cannot continue to deny that too many officers hired by law enforcement agencies are card-carrying White nationalis…

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NOTE: This story has been updated from a commentary that appears in the May 1, 2021 issue of the Florida Courier.  DAYTONA BEACH – Despite the presence of the global pandemic, the year 2021 started out as a good year for those of us who live figuratively and literally in the shadow of Bethun…

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It’s imperative that America take action now — not just with reforms in policing but also by creating a more just and inclusive society. We have a verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial and justice for George Floyd. Now we need lasting change and justice for all. Now a nation that was holdi…

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The conviction of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of all charges in the murder of George Floyd has sparked an out burst of joy from his family and civil rights veterans to the President of the United States, who sees the verdict as the beginning of a new chapter in American history.…

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As long as good cops still need a video to go viral before turning in bad ones, we’ll be in the same spot we were the day before Floyd died. Would Derek Chauvin, the former police officer, be on the streets today without the video? The answer to that question — not the jury’s verdict […]

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Although the month of April is annually observed as Fair Housing Month, the reality for Black America and other people of color is that housing has not significantly changed since the 1968 federal enactment of the Fair Housing Act. Its enactment came seven days after the assassination of Dr.…

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Months after police killed George Floyd on a busy street in Minneapolis, Army Lt. Caron Nazario had a dangerous encounter with police in rural Virginia. Nazario, who is Black and Latino, survived. But the officers’ overreaction to Nazario for driving a new SUV with temporary license plates w…

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Police reforms will never work unless accompanied by and embedded in rebuilding and empowering communities. Even as Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, police 10 miles away fatally shot an African American man, Daunte Wright, after pulling him over for an alleged traffi…

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People who care about equal justice under the law should be very happy about President Joe Biden’s first set of judicial nominees.  I am especially excited about the three outstanding Black women that President Biden nominated to the circuit courts— the appeals court level just below the U.S…

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Among the first evidence presented by prosecutors in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in his killing of George Floyd is that it was not just 8 minutes and 46 seconds as originally thought, but rather, it was 9 minutes and 29 seconds that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s n…

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In our struggle against white supremacy, we must all link arms to protect and care for one another. I wondered how long expressions of empathy would continue to be front and center in the minds of Americans following the hate-fueled multiple murders of Asian women in and near Atlanta, Georgi…

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As long as I remember, generosity has been a personal value that I’ve embraced and practiced. I assume that my large number of siblings influenced that part of my character.  I received great pleasure from seeing joy in the eyes of a loved one or friend when I gifted or shared. I staunchly a…

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With the romance of last year’s George Floyd moment in the rearview mirror — the massive protests against anti-Black racism rolling in seemingly inexhaustible waves through the summer — we have reached the moment of the Derek Chauvin trial. This is progress; an officer has been charged with …

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The history of the struggle of our people’s liberation is riddled with the stories of women who refused to compromise with or find their place within a capitalist-imperialist system built on destruction and exploitation. All too often we witness petit-bourgeois African women willingly taking…

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As stakeholders of the Bethune-Cookman University, the National Alumni Association (NAA) is ready to stand with university leaders in support of “best practices.” The B-CU Board of Trustees has a decade-long history that demonstrates the need for board reform, transparency and more effective…

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As a retired member of the Florida State House of Representatives, I am appalled and disgusted with the recent passage of the Georgia state law restricting voting. This coupled with the vile and abusive mistreatment by the Georgia Capitol Police (GCP) of Georgia State House Representative Pa…

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As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by mercilessly pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, begins this week, I am convinced that Black people need healing as much as we need justice. There is a persistent heartach…

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The recent murder of eight people in North Georgia, six of them Asian American women, has brought national attention to the increasing violence and hatred suffered by Asian Americans in this country, and to the continuing reality of violence against women. Hate crimes against Asian Americans…

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When I was a little boy running around the Carver Homes government housing project in Atlanta, I remember how my parents would dress me up in Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and send me off to Sunday School. It was there where I fell in love with religion and spirituality. Later, I attended Geo…

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Editor’s note: This commentary is provided by the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) of Florida A&M University. Dr. Genester Wilson-King is a board-certified gynecologist who started recommending medical marijuana treatments to her patients after Florida legalize…

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As many Americans acknowledge that the system is broken, they rather spend more time debating the problem, then taking meaningful action. On the other side, the Republicans and conservatives refuse to admit that racism exists, and their responsibility is to suppress the vote. I would like to…

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Bethune-Cookman University President E. LaBrent Chrite resigned from his post on March 16. He is now the new president of Bentley University, a predominantly White institution. Chrite is the school’s ninth president and first Black president. Chrite, who was hired at B-CU in July 2019, leave…