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Was insurrection an inside job? by Julianne Malveaux

If you watched the disgraceful invasion of the U.S. Capitol and the horrific destruction that took place on Jan. 6, you observed a legion of limited-intelligence, low-life louts.

For our own healing, by Daryl V. Fraser

On my mind that day were my New Year’s resolutions, the brilliance of Stacy Abrams, Georgia’s election results, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. Oh, yeah, and the insurrection.

We were medical guinea pigs, by Julianne Malveaux

People who don’t know Black history have probably heard more about the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in the last month than they have in their whole lives.

Justice Department protests powerful, by Marc H. Morial

The decision in late December not to charge the officers who shot and killed a Black child on sight encapsulates everything that is wrong with the U.S. Department of Justice under the current administration.

COVID-19 relief measure inadequate, by Marc H. Morial

“I wish they would put themselves — the White House and Congress and everybody else making these decisions — in the shoes of us, the normal working people, who need help due to no fault of our own. I’m asking ...

The broader view, by Dr. E. Faye Williams

I remember the commonly accepted phrase describing politics as, “All politics is lo- cal.” The obvious understanding is that the individual politician and his/her constituents are best served when the interests of the “local” constituents, not partisan interests, are paramount ...

Resolutions for the Biden-Harris administration, by Ben Jealous

Electing a new president and vice president was a gift that 81 million Americans gave to ourselves and to one another.

Celebrate this holiday with care, by Glenn Ellis

After almost eight months of quarantine, face masks and hand sanitizer, we are now in the middle of two unprecedented events: The COVID-19 pandemic and the first holiday season under measures that have changed how we carry out our family ...

Biden, be bold, by Julianne Malveaux

I expected neither sparks nor extreme surprises as President-elect Joe Biden began to announce his Cabinet. I did expect diversity, and we’ve seen it. But I didn’t expect the number of Obama-era retreads to be included in this Cabinet.

Revive U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

A new president takes office with the sense of possibility that comes with a new dawn. This is particularly true for President-elect Joe Biden, who will be taking office after the divisive turmoil of Donald Trump’s years in office.

We must participate in Richmond casino, by Alfred Liggins

For decades, the state of Virginia has had a dismal track record when it comes to economic inclusion for African-Americans, especially as it pertains to the award of meaningful contracts and providing equal access to economic development opportunities to Black ...

Stop blocking COVID-19 relief, by Ben Jealous

It is going to be a hard Christmas for many Americans. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is soaring. The virus is spreading faster than ever. Families and small business owners whose incomes have been devastated by the COVID-19 ...

The DNA of a Black woman, by Chuck Richardson

There is something magical about a fearless, intelligent, incorruptible Black woman — a woman willing to sacrifice and face any obstacle she must for a greater cause than herself. Black women have been, and continue to be, the crucible of ...

All workers need paid sick days, by Sarah Milston

In Virginia, we currently have no law requiring employers to offer paid sick days for their workers. This means that working Virginians aren’t guaranteed the right to earn paid time off based on the hours they work.

Obstacles in working toward racial equity, by Julianne Malveaux

President-elect Joe Biden has included working toward racial equity in his administration’s agenda, outlining how he will expand opportunities for Black folk and other people of color. Specifically, his Build Back Better document includes a 20-page report titled, “The Biden ...

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