Opinion / Columnist


Subprime loans are back with a vengeance

After subprime loans precipitated the 2008 financial meltdown, the U.S. banking industry is again trafficking in high-interest lending, this time with auto loans.

The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

The cases of Marlene Pinnock, beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer and Eric Garner, killed by a New York City Police officer, illustrate the intractability of police violence against blacks.

Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase

A majority of small business owners recognize the importance of good-paying jobs in supporting local economies

GOP Hypocrisy Rides High on Border Crisis

Republicans speak in favor of immigration reform while opposing Obama administration measures

The Supreme Court’s relentless war against President Obama

The US Supreme Court has undermined Obama administration policy in multiple decisions

Voting rights are in peril, and democracy hangs in the balance

NAACP official outlines threats to black voting rights

Supreme Court undermines ultimate sacrifice of civil rights workers

Supreme Court undermines ultimate sacrifice of civil rights workers. Fifty years ago last weekend, three civil rights workers went missing in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their bodies would be discovered in an earthen dam 44 days later as the ultimate payment ...

Don’t forget the small and neighborhood-based businesses

Often ignored by policy-makers, small businesses are key to neighborhood development

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The GOP Hit on Bergdahl Is Yet Another Hit on President Obama

Hutchinson argues GOP lawmakers’ opposition to the Bergdahl prisoner exchange is more political than ideological

Marking a big loss

Last week marked the loss of a powerful voice with Maya Angelou’s death. Fortunately, many in the nation paused to notice her loss. Dancer, actress, poet and teacher, Angelou captured everyone’s attention because of her ability to talk honestly out ...

How real is the GOP’s war on racism?

Former 2012 GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney wasted no time in angrily denouncing and calling for the resignation of Wolfeboro, N.H., police commissioner Robert Copeland. Copeland made brief headlines when his N-word slur of President Obama went public. New Hampshire ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education: was it worth it?

At 90 years old and not traveling much, Jack Greenberg didn’t make the NAACP’s symposium here commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. But the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense and ...

Commentary: Protecting the reputation of an esteemed organization

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Donald Sterling fiasco is that the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP was scheduled to bestow upon the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team the 2014 Humanitarian Award. This decision ...

National Urban League calls for changes to current housing reform legislation

The National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, has serious concerns regarding proposed housing reform legislation. There are plans to mobilize against it unless it includes provisions ensuring that working- and middle- class families ...

Amid Detroit beating story, acts of racial reconciliation

By now, everyone in Detroit has had an opportunity to show love for Steve Utash, whose beating by a mob after he stopped to help a child he struck with his pickup truck has sparked outrage. It’s also fueled efforts ...