U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney's much belated-apology for punching a U.S. Capitol patrol officer didn't answer a burning question — was she the victim of racial profiling, or "legislating while Black," as she claimed? Or was it a hotheaded overreaction to a patrol officer simply doing his duty?
Last week, the New York Times reported on the deepening plight of African American men, detailing a list of afflictions including lack of employment, education and high incarceration rates.
In the past few months, I have had the honor of hearing Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — who has just become the first woman elected head of state of an African country — three times. In March, Sirleaf was in Washington, D.C., to address a special joint session of Congress.
Thousands of New Orleans residents marched on April to demand the right to vote. They marched across the Mississippi River Bridge where Gretna police had repelled residents as they tried to escape the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Forty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, African Americans once more must march to gain the right to vote.