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Michael Fauntroy

Trayvon Martin and President Obama's Moment

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

While his words were poignant and necessary, they will ring hollow if he does little else going forward to give voice to the millions of Americans of all colors who want to change our culture for the better.

As Kwame Brown Sentence Shows, Not All Scandals Are Scandals

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 01.19.2013 | DC
Michael Fauntroy

As we come to the end of a difficult and embarrassing year for District politics, let us resist the urge to paint all corruption with the same broad strokes.

Amanda Terkel

Senate Likely To Remain Without African-American Members For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Senate were representative of the U.S. population, 13 of its 100 members would be African-American. But there have been only si...

Supporting Obama With "Facts"

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

I happily voted for Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. However, I am also among those who believe that he has been timid on racial issues and can do more than he has on issues that are of unique importance to African Americans.

A Bigger Threat to Our Democracy Than Citizens United

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The majority of election cycles between 1964 and 2010 resulted in House incumbent reelection rates of at least 90 percent. Those are Kim Jung Il and Robert Mugabe numbers that legitimately call into question the fundamental tenet of American democracy.

Herman Cain's (and the GOP's) Confusion About Black Voters

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 12.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

For too long, conservatives have blamed Black leaders for Republican failures with Black voters. Herman Cain's view suggests that looking inward is something the Republicans are unable, or unwilling, to do.

In Defense of Tavis and Cornel

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

Who can reasonably argue against greater governmental action on poverty or leveling the economic playing field for all Americans? Who really believes it is a bad idea to call attention to the millions of people now living near or below the poverty line?

Will President Obama Become Mayor Dinkins?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

The president could lose his reelection bid if enough Black voters stay home because they either do not believe the Republican nominee can win or they just do not feel the same urgency to show up on election day.

Takeover Takeaways

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Congressional Republicans who think the outcome of this election is a mandate for their view of governance are overstating the case and run the risk of the kind of overreach some say the hurt the Democrats.

The Public Discourse Deserves Better Than Steve King

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Fauntroy

America's racial issues require serious words from serious people. Steve King is not among them.

Charlie Crist's Declaration of Independence

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's been six weeks since Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he would seek the open Florida U.S. Senate seat as an Independent. This decis...

A Black Agenda for President Obama to Address? Yes!

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's perfectly acceptable for groups of Americans to push the government to deal with their causes, so black leaders who want to go easy on this president because he is black are failing their constituents.

Secretary Clinton: Year One

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Weighing all the available evidence, it is clear that Secretary Clinton is a hard working advocate for President Obama's foreign policy and a credit to the administration.

Gates Got Arrested Because He Hurt Sgt. Crowley's Feelings?!

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

For every Henry Louis Gates, with resources, notoriety, and connections, there are countless others like him who have to live with the reality of racism in anonymity.

Obama's Muslim Engagement

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Fauntroy

To be the first African-American president with a heritage that includes Islam gives him Obama legitimacy than any other president to make this speech.

The Republican Party is a Mess

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The GOP is simply out of touch with the rest of the country and has a very long way to go to regain relevance in American politics.

Michael Steele's (Many) Problems

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

While Steele is the lightening rod, the GOP's problems can't easily be fixed -- by anyone. He will likely be among the fall guys after the 2010 elections.

Toward Real Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The disproportionate warehousing of Black men in the name of public safety has helped to destabilize African American families around the nation by removing potential fathers and husbands.

Obama and Cuba: A Good First Step

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Fauntroy

The unilateral economic and cultural disarmament that is the U.S. embargo policy is a joke and should be reversed -- in its entirety -- forthwith.

On Race, Holder is Right, Obama is Wrong

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Obama appears to clothe himself in the conservative approach to discussing race, which is to say as little as possible, and we will be worse off as a result.

Live Blogging the State of the Black Union Symposium -- Panel 1

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I'm in Los Angeles today to blog the State of the Black Union conference. I'll be posting throughout the day with observations about event.