Archive for May, 2012

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Civil Rights

Some individuals attempt to portray President Lyndon Baines Johnson, signer of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, as a civil rights hero.  They pretend that Johnson realized the worth of black folk when in reality he merely recognized the power of the black vote.  For political expediency as a congressman, Johnson voted with his fellow Southern Democrats in Congress against all types of civil rights measures that would ban lynching, eliminate poll taxes and deny federal funding to segregated schools.  Johnson fiercely opposed Democrat President Truman’s Civil rights program and continued his rejection of civil rights through Republican President Eisenhower’s program.  As a congressman, he effectively killed all of Eisenhower’s attempts to secure civil rights and fair voting practices for blacks.  And although he was a key player in the passage of Eisenhower’s two civil rights bills making him appear to have softened his stance on civil rights, he solidified his political popularity with the Southern Democrat racists by diluting the 1957 and 1960 civil rights bills so much that Johnson made Eisenhower’s bills largely unenforceable.   (more…)

Ron Paul Supporters Are Phoning It In For 2012 GOP Nomination

by Jesse Merkel

President Obama has officially kicked off his re-election campaign. Despite his low job approval numbers, dropping personal approval, and an economy that requires fuzzy math to get the unemployment rate even close to 8%, some conservatives are already phoning it in.

Many libertarians seem to be telegraphing that they’ve given up, despite protests to the contrary. While they disagree with President Obama on most issues and would love to see him lose in November, many of them have indicated that they might throw the election for one reason or another. (more…)

Knowledge Makes a Man Unfit to be a Slave

by Ayesha Kreutz, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York


“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Frederick Douglass

Minorities in America are leading in all of the WRONG areas: Incarceration rates 47%, Drop-out rates 44%, Abortion rate 38 %, and children born to fatherless homes 72%. Yet we make up only 14% of the population. We are better than that.

 Knowing that every politician in your neighborhood is a Democrat, where things rarely seem to get better, how does it make sense to continue to just blame the Republicans for the mess? (more…)

The Days Before Brown, Growing Up in Segregated Schools

by Leonard Slade Jr.

During the early 1950s, in the era before Brown v. Board of Education,
I attended W. S. Creecy High School in Rich Square, North Carolina. Because of
the state’s segregated school system, W. S. Creecy’s students were all
black. (more…)

The Black American Christian


by Tommy Davis

Within the contemporary American church there seems to be a comfortable racial segregation that has taken root.  Worship traditions are also built around racial interests.  The feelings of black Americans as a result of past discrimination has prompted her to develop a cultural Christianity that later proved to be the antithesis of historic Christianity.  As a result, a cultural barrier now exists between the predominantly white congregation and the predominantly black church.  These attitudes have expressed itself in area neighborhoods, schools, and political loyalties.  Evidence has yet to surface that express interest in church reconciliation from either side. (more…)

Making My Case for Life

by Providence Crowder

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.  Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” –Deuteronomy 30:19

I thank God that my mother was pro-life!  I am the oldest of four children and I was born a year after Roe v. Wade was the law of the land.  Had my mother not valued life, I may have never been and my story would never have been known.  She could have legally killed me in the year of my birth; she fit perfectly the profile of the modern day baby killer—a poor, uneducated, single black woman living in the inner-city.   (more…)