A renewed assault on the Voting Rights Act fits right into the Tea Party's endless attacks on the federal government for alleged over-intrusiveness. It would also be set against the backdrop of the hotly contested 2012 battle for the White House.
It would be interesting to know what the thought process was behind the decision not to have the first black president participate in the shovel part of the ceremony for the first national museum dedicated to African American history; heck, Obama is African American history!
If we think the products of past brokered conventions were good for America, good for good for the conservative cause, or even good for the Republican Party, we should think again. A brokered convention could only leave us all, well, broker.
Unlike W.E.B. DuBois and other black intellectuals of the past, black intellectuals are not leaders in the way we once might have claimed. This leaves people like Professors Melissa Harris-Perry and Cornel West in unique and often viciously conflicting positions.
The assault on the legitimacy of the president's personal Christian theology is nothing less than despicable. It is garbage politics; unworthy of serious political discourse.
When Franklin Graham and his ilk wax judgmental about President Obama from a warped religious and political perspective, well, this southern boy wonders what in the world we have come to, and where in the world we are headed.
Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.
Why in 2012 are we returning to the days of limiting the vote rather than encouraging it? How can we forget how far we've come as a nation?
In an exclusive interview with Clyde Williams, the former political director of the Democratic National Committee discusses the importance of constituency groups, like blacks, Latinos, and LGBT organizations, to Democratic electoral success.
The Black Church has a history of championing for political, educational and economic rights not only for African Americans, but for all citizens. Forty-four years after the death of Dr. King, we must continue the fight.
How many of us take the time to emulate Dr. King's teachings? How many of us actually understand the fight he waged on our behalf? How many of us emulate his nonviolent dedication to defending the poor and seeking economic justice in society?
The story of how the Party of Lincoln lost its black support is long and sad, but understanding what happened is critical as the Party looks to improve its standing in the black community.
Martin Luther King Jr. said "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." For too many of the presidential candidates, the arc is broken.
While this year we have seen setbacks in several states, we also have seen citizens standing up against attempts to make voting more difficult. We can take the lessons we have learned this year and come out battling in 2012 against these efforts to stop the vote for political gain.
The Democracy Restoration Act would strengthen our democracy by creating a broader and more just base of voter participation. No citizen should be denied their right to vote due to a past criminal conviction.
In 1965, President Johnson said at the Voting Rights Act signing: "Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield." But yesterday, Attorney General Holder reminded us that the battle to secure the right to vote for all Americans is not over.