11 29 2015
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The disjointed assembly of Black academics, civil rights activists and conservatives that gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in late May had only one goal in mind: to stop passage of the Senate's immigration reform bill.

They formed what they called the "Choose Black America Coalition." The Federation for Immigration Reform, which has been a loud and relentless voice in opposing any concessions to immigration rights groups, sponsored their news conference.

A Positive Moment

So there I was. It was 1967 and I was eyeball-to-eyeball with my black-and-white TV. As I watched, a group of very distressed Africans stared back at me. It was the start of civil war in Nigeria.

The nation of Biafra had been born, and all hell was about to break loose as members of the Igbo tribe waged a doomed war for independence. Each year things got worse.

Child Watch

"In countries where there truly is no backup, you just have to hang in there and wait for the next flood to pass, wait for the next drought to pass.

"But what is disturbing here is that we are in a country with major back-up . … It takes just 30 days to mobilize for war, so when you've got a war within your own country, it is amazing that we were so dumbfounded, like deer in the headlights."

Rainbow/ PUSH

There they go again. The Republican National Committee, the right-wing noise machine and their spear-carriers in the mainstream media have been in attack mode over the last few weeks. This time their target is Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the distinguished senior Democrat who will become chair of the House Judiciary Committee if Democrats win the House back this fall.

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