Reparations program accused of being discriminatory, by Clarence Page

News that a conservative non-profit legal group is challenging Evanston, Ill.’s groundbreaking reparations program got me thinking about the many attempts to redress the wrongs of systemic racism through monetary compensation.

CO2 pipelines a bad deal — follow the money, by Ben Jealous

“Isn’t it sad that money controls everything?”

Black woman’s bid to buy Virginia Beach home faces illegal barrier, echoes of the past, by Roger Chesley

People who overstate the racial progress America has witnessed over the past several decades need to be reminded, every so often, of the discrimination that still lurks in housing, education, employment and the like. An African-American woman’s quest to buy …

Project 2025 is an attack on Black people, by Julianne Malveaux

Project 2025 is a conservative manifesto if a Republican is elected president in 2024. Crafted by the Heritage Foundation, the 900-page book comprehensively addresses every agency that the president can influence, with suggestions for the agencies that should be eliminated …

Alito sullies integrity of high court, by Marc H. Morial

“Professional baseball would never allow an umpire to continue to officiate the World Series after learning that the pennant of one of the two teams competing was flying in the front yard of the umpire’s home. Nor would an umpire …

Danger: Trump moves from man to symbol

Last week’s historic verdict is worth rehearsing. On May 30, Donald J. Trump became the first former president to be convicted of a crime. Twelve ordinary citizens unanimously found him guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in …

America’s growing literacy problem, by David W. Marshall

The 2024 graduation season is upon us, and it represents a proud milestone in the lives of teenagers. Each year, middle school students graduate and then transition into high school. The same is true of many high school students who …

Credibility crisis at the Supreme Court, by Clarence Page

As if suspicions, partisan and otherwise, have not dealt enough blows to our criminal justice system in recent years, along comes Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s flag flap.

A call to action for Richmond’s schools, by Jonathan Bibbs

I remember my first day as a student at Huguenot High School, walking into the building with a slight shakiness. I knew I had to step correct. The Huguenot of the late 1990s was a storied place in Richmond.

Poor and low income people need to vote, by Julianne Malveaux

“There were 15 presidential debates in 2020,” thunders the Rev. William Barber, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org). I’ve heard him make this point many times, and sometimes the exclusion so …

DEI on campus, in corporations due for a change, by Clarence Page

Reports of the death of DEI, the widely praised and reviled— take your pick—employment policies to improve diversity, equity and inclusion, have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain famously said of reports of his own death.

Protests of controversial graduation speakers useful, have a history, by Roger Chesley

High-ranking elected official comes to campus to pontificate at graduation. University bigwigs pat themselves on the back for the PR boost. Noticeable numbers of graduates then protest at the ceremony, outraged at the luminary — and the university’s tone-deaf selection.

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 …