Putting the IRS 'Scandal' into Perspective
It was only a few years ago that the NAACP found itself under the gun with the IRS. Yet where were these Republican lovers of freedom?
Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist
Like too many events since the beginning of the Obama presidency, various attacks on the administration by the Republicans end up being about less than what they at first seemed, though the hoopla that accompanies the initial charges is frequently deafening. Read the complete article
The Skanner News Wishlist: We Tell Mayor Hales Who Should Get Which City Bureaus
Editorial Staff Of The Skanner News
Mr. Mayor, you probably feel that everyone thinks they know what you should do better than you do. So not to be left out, The Skanner decided to put forward a few suggestions of our own. Read the complete article
Obama Should Have ‘Audacity’ to End War on Drugs
Calling on Obama to invest in marginalized urban inner-city Black communities
Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is gearing up for a Day of Direct Action June 17 in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration and call on President Obama to invest in marginalized urban inner-city Black communities across the nation. Read the complete article
Blackonomics: Demanding More from Ourselves
We must be willing to acknowledge our internal faults and deal with them head-on
James Clingman NNPA Columnist
Although we seldom follow through on much of the knowledge passed down to us by our forebears, we sure do like to quote them. Read the complete article
Take a Recess from Closing Public Schools
Based on its past, there is no reason to trust Chicago Board of Education’s financial projections
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced plans to close at least 50 schools as a cost-cutting measure. But before any other urban school system follows suit, it should take an extended recess and reflect on what has happened in the past that makes this such a foolish idea. Read the complete article
Letter to the Editor from the Portland African American Leadership Forum
Our aim is to unite the community and come to agreement on issues such as urban renewal
By Cyreena Boston Ashby
Portland African American Leadership Forum includes a project about urban renewal. We hope to unite the community and come to agreement on the issues. But the forum does not yet have an official position on urban renewal.
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Racists Don't Like Being Called Racists
IRS and Tea Party: 'Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political' and therefore worthy of IRS concern.
Julian Bond NNPA Guest Columnist
I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. Read the complete article
Letter to the Editor: Save Seattle's Central Area Motivation Program
"The Board of Directors and the executive director removed 'serving the African American Community' from the mission statement"
Eddie Rye, Jr.
We are encouraging you to come and support the retention of CAMP at its present location with a new board of directors and executive director on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Seattle City Council. Read the complete article
Obama's Troubles Aren't Comparable to 'Watergate'
Nixon resigned in disgrace and 43 people, including his top White House aides, were sent to prison
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. Read the complete article
IRS Issue is Donor Disclosure Not Taxes
VIDEO: Lawrence O'Donnell on the problem with politically motivated nonprofits
By Roger Colinvaux, law professor at Catholic University of America
The outrage over the IRS's conduct in targeting certain tax-exempt groups is based on a misunderstanding. Obviously, mistakes were made in how the IRS examined the groups, but what should not get lost amid the resulting hue and cry is that this is fundamentally about disclosure of donors, not tax-exempt status. Read the complete article