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Keith Boykin

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Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?

(430) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 6:23 PM

After learning that Los Angeles police shot and killed Ezell Ford Monday night, I spent a good deal of time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning trying to find out if the victim was unarmed.

Ford was a 25-year-old black man (pictured above) who had reportedly suffered from mental...

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A Meaner (or Nicer) Obama Won't Change a Stubborn GOP

(683) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Sunday's New York Times op-ed page featured an astonishing piece from columnist Maureen Dowd arguing that gun background checks would have passed in the U.S. Senate if President Obama had been more aggressive. The column was widely criticized, but then Tuesday's Times promoted the same facile analysis in...

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Top 50 Reasons to Vote for President Obama

(23) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:37 AM

As Americans go to the polls today, it seems a perfect time to take a final look back at what we've been through the past four years. With that in mind, I've created a quick new list of top reasons to re-elect President Obama. Some of the reasons you may...

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How Democrats Should Respond to the 'Better Off' Question

(854) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 1:52 PM

Three top Obama surrogates dropped the ball over the weekend when they seemed unable to provide a simple answer to various versions of the old Ronald Reagan question, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"

How To Answer The Question

The answer to the "better off"...

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The Swissboating of Mitt Romney

(902) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 3:18 PM

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has hit a rough patch. Just listen to what critics have been saying about him.

Romney is a "vulture capitalist" who "killed jobs" just to make more money for himself and his company, according to one critic. "They sit there and wait until they see a...

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Why Blacks Evolved So 'Quickly' on Gay Marriage

(486) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Just when I thought the black homophobia storyline had died out, I came across a provocatively titled article Monday morning written by Lenox Magee: "Has Time Come for Gay Blacks?"

I agreed with Magee's conclusion -- "regardless of what other people say or do, we're going to raise hell...

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The 10 Biggest Republican Mistakes of the 2012 Primary Campaign

(431) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 7:08 PM

As millions of Republican voters cast ballots on Super Tuesday, many are no doubt wondering how the GOP managed to squander a 2010 electoral victory into such a mistake-riddled 2012 presidential campaign.

I'm not a Republican, so you can take the following comments with plenty of grains of salt,...

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Monday Morning Quarterbacking With Roland Martin

(185) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 7:56 AM

On a typical football Sunday, you would probably find me parked in front of my living room television watching the New York Giants while posting and following tweets about the game along the way.

Twitter is a great venue for sports fans to brag on their favorite teams and...

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Everything The Media Told You About Occupy Wall Street Is Wrong

(1699) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 9:22 PM

After 10 days out of town, I finally made it to Occupy Wall Street on Tuesday and had a chance to see for myself what's going on. My conclusion: almost everything the media told me about the protest is wrong.


Based on my observations,...

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Remembering Derrick Bell

(6) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Shortly after I heard that Steve Jobs and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth had died Wednesday, I learned late last night that my former law professor Derrick Bell had also passed away. All three men touched my life, but none more than Professor Bell.

A few weeks ago, as...

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Thank You, Don Lemon

(107) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 2:45 PM

Two unexpected and almost simultaneous breakthroughs took place Sunday night that could open a long-overdue dialogue to shake up homophobia in the black community.

First, during the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game on TNT, the NBA aired a 30-second public service announcement featuring NBA star Grant...

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Trump Plays the Race Card as Obama Plays His Trump Card

(830) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 4:10 PM

In releasing his full birth certificate today, President Obama finally played what my CNBC colleague, former Bush White House spokesman Tony Fratto, called his "Trump card." But was that enough to satisfy the Donald? Not by a long shot.

True to form, Donald Trump couldn't resist...

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The GOP's Pledge to White America

(14) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:08 PM

Reading through the Republican Party's new Pledge to America, I wasn't terribly surprised by any of their proposals. As The Daily Show's Jon Stewart aptly noted, much of it involves the same old ideas the GOP has been pushing for 30 years. In one particularly telling...

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White Men Can't Judge

(487) Comments | Posted July 24, 2009 | 11:58 AM

The most disturbing aspect of the news coverage about Henry Louis Gates' arrest has been the running commentary by white men about appropriate decorum for black men.

Of course, it was no surprise that blowhards like Rush Limbaugh would jump in to defend the white police officer and impugn Professor...

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Will The Wall Street Journal Apologize To Obama?

(16) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 1:55 PM

One month ago, the Wall Street Journal editorial board complained that President Barack Obama had ruined the economy. As evidence, they cited the decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which closed at 6763 on March 2.

"The dismaying message here is that President Obama's policies have become...

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Four Things the Republicans Don't Want You to Know About the Economy

(358) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 5:27 PM

In the past few weeks, I've heard lots of Republican talking heads make some pretty damning arguments about "liberal" Democratic economic policies and Barack Obama's "wasteful" spending plans. The arguments may sound convincing at first blush, but the Republicans aren't offering any serious alternatives. So I did some research and...

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Clinton Owes Obama An Apology

(1863) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 3:27 PM

I've had it with the Clintons.

The past few months I've tried to defend Bill and Hillary Clinton against some of the more unreasonable attacks from their critics. Just last weekend on CNN's Ballot Bowl, I defended Bill Clinton when critics accused of him of questioning Barack Obama's patriotism. The...

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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

(43) Comments | Posted January 21, 2008 | 1:28 PM

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy today, it is impossible not to talk about race in the presidential campaign. After a year of dancing around the subject, the race conversation finally surfaced in the past few weeks in an unusual debate over Dr. King's legacy. But it was...

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