A combination of swift tax hikes on lower- and middle-income earners and drastic cuts in social services would not only stunt economic growth, it would place an immediate burden on the most vulnerable. And unfortunately, a disproportionate number of the most vulnerable are African American.
Why would members of a political party repeatedly antagonize potential voters? One reason: in their hearts they really do not believe that members of these groups are, or have any right to be, included as active participants in the political conversation of this country.
Whether you own a business, are receiving government assistance, are involved in theater or a health care nonprofit, live with or care about fighting HIV/AIDS or want to guarantee your civil rights, you have a stake in the results of keeping the nation from falling off the "fiscal cliff."
A payday loan may seem like a short-term fix, but it's ultimately just another expense. In today's economy there are no easy answers for low- to moderate-income Americans struggling to pay the bills, but what will clearly never work is adding another high-cost loan.
In today's diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity.
It is odd that for all this talk about cancer's effect, there is still so little coverage of toxic pollution -- which has been linked to cancer -- and how much more likely poor people and minorities are to be impacted by it.
America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.
The majority of esthetic (skin care) schools do not even teach how to care for ethnic skin. Thus begins the disenfranchisement of brown people (Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and bi-racial)in an industry that by its very nature is supposed to be empathetic and nurturing.
The First Amendment protects our right to say what we wish freely without government interference, though this is typically when the comment does not come out in the form of a threat against the President of the United States.
There is a line of folk wrapped around the White House who intend to collect on the Obama promissory note they've been holding since 2008. Where are African Americans in that line? Are African Americans even in the line?
When we voted for President Obama, what were we motivated by? For each of us it was different, but collectively we knew what we didn't want: a government that would repeal health care reform, end Medicare, cut food stamps, or give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires.
For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.
There was something very personal about this race for me as a Black man. Seeing Obama's face with the little check by it on television is like seeing one of my relatives win. It is a different feeling than when other candidates that I have supported won.
Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.
The vomit of racism still finds a place in Republican Party politics. It is sad to watch John Sununu -- twenty years ago, a younger Sununu might have known better. But it is even sadder to watch the rest of Lincoln's old party sink in the mire.