Black-owned businesses face obstacles made worse by anti-racial justice efforts, by Marc H. Morial

“Recent legal challenges have targeted programs aimed at alleviating the obstacles faced by marginalized communities, particularly those designed to promote equity in entrepreneurship … With this analysis, we can create and implement strategies that catalyze informed policymaking, advocacy efforts, and ...

What’s the meaning of antisemitic?, by Clarence Page

Who would oppose legislation to outlaw antisemitism? More people than you might think.

Oliver Hill’s haunting thoughts on landmark court case, by Carol A.O. Wolf

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing segregation in public schools, I remain haunted, and yet hopeful, by the words the late Oliver W. Hill, one ...

Remembering a year of turmoil — 1968, by David W. Marshall

The year of 1968 remains one of the most historic turning points in history. This single year was marked by historic achievements, assassinations and protests over a much-hated war.

Vance jumps from Trump critic to maybe VP, by Clarence Page

Republican Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio has begun to remind me of an old saying about Chicago weather: If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes.

Wake up, Black voters! Don’t let Trump’s lies fool you, by Donald M. Suggs

The fact that exit polls showed that Donald Trump received 9% of the Black vote in 2016, the highest number since George Bush in 2000, and then won 12% in the presidential race in 2020 should be a cause for ...

Is Chicago ready for the next Democratic convention?, by Clarence Page

When a friend reminded me that it’s almost time for the Democratic National Convention, I wanted to say, “That’s OK, I’m good with the last one.”

AIPAC’s role in the war between Israel and Palestine, by Julianne Malveaux

Let me begin with the obligatory statements. What happened on Oct. 7, 2023, was horrible.

Loss of support from Republican evangelicals suits MAGA crowd just fine, by Clarence Page

Black voters traditionally have been pivotal to the fortunes of the Democratic Party, but some recent polls have suggested that they are proving less bankable for President Biden than in the past. Whether or not as many as 20% of ...

Earth Day: A sense of wonder, by Bobby Whitescarver

My wife and I are cattle farmers in Virginia’s legendary Shenandoah Valley. Early in our marriage, Jeanne gave me a nickname: “Walk Slow, Stand Around.” Yep, that’s me. Sure, it’s funny. And it’s true. But I’m not lazy; I just ...

An American lament, by Dwight Cunningham

t’s tough being an American. It’s hard to know your worth when you’re Black, or Latino, Native American or Asian, Muslim, gay or whatever. Seems today’s patriotic ideal American isn’t any of “those people,” as the powerful spend considerable time ...

Discriminatory laws have driven Black voters from the polls, by Marc H. Morial

“If the United States wants to make good on its foundational claims of a democratic system of governance open to all citizens, it must find ways to close the racial turnout gap. Wider now than at any point in at ...

Better public understanding of domestic violence was the one silver lining from O.J. Simpson’s fall, by Clarence Page

Has the search for Nicole Simpson’s “real killer” officially ended? Not that I expected to find out more than we already know. The leading suspect in the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman continued to ...

Deriding DEI is the right’s attempt at a polite way to attack civil rights, by Clarence Page

“DEI mayor.” That’s how a troll on X, formerly Twitter, labeled a news clip of Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott delivering an update on the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after it was struck by a massive cargo ship. ...

In April, honor memories and seek reforms, by Thomas P. Kapsidelis

Spring ought to be a time of relief and promise. The days are longer and seemingly a bit sunnier, and the end of the school year is around the corner — and with it, the hopes of graduation days ahead.