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Don’t let federal charges fool you; justice remains far off

News that convicted murderer Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis officer, and three other officers were federally indicted for violating the civil rights of George Floyd, is significant. It’s not justice. We must not celebrate—and don’t make more of these charges filed by the Justice Dept. than what they are. The world saw a Black man killed as a smirking cop and ex-officers...

Our strongest and truest cry: We charge genocide!

And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. Isaiah 28:18  Can a murderous mind be retrained to deliver freedom, justice and equality to the object of its derision, scorn and hatred? Emphatically not. With the May 3 funeral...

Defending our voice of comfort and love

The service at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn was a special moment for Black people and countless others who were touched by the life, the legacy and the love of Earl “DMX” Simmons. In a very painful moment, those who were sorrowing, especially the women and children in his life, were able to enjoy some measure of relief...

Editorial: Warnings, Signs of a World Power Under Judgment

Before a global shutdown ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a vital message as the Nation of Islam closed its annual convention in 2020. The TCF Center in Detroit’s main room and overflow rooms were filled with people. The Minister’s message that day was “The Unraveling of A Great Nation.” Part of what he said...

Editorial: Murder in Minneapolis

Tears from a Black teenage girl. Anger from a Black child. A guilt-ridden young, Black, male store clerk. Weeping from a 60-year-old Black man. All of these traumas were shared early on in a Minnesota courtroom. But heartbreak was felt across Black America and different parts of the globe as the U.S. so-called justice system was exposed to the world...

No rights a White man is bound to respect or protect?

If voting is the foundation of democracy and a sacred right of the citizens of any nation, the explosion of coverage about recent changes to voting laws in Georgia and pending voting rights legislation at the federal level should be getting intense scrutiny. And for Black folks who have invested so much into elections and voting, in particular in national...

Kind words can’t save a troubled nation

A year after the Covid-19 pandemic struck, President Joe Biden delivered a prime time address from the White House and offered a much different tone than his predecessor, Donald Trump. Yet for all of Mr. Biden’s words and wishes, he still presides over a divided republic and, at times, his call for bipartisan legislative action is being used against...

America: Unraveling and at War with Herself

The Bible asks if Satan casts out Satan how can his kingdom stand? It can’t. And America seems headed down that fateful and prophetic course without an ability to stop herself, or to save herself. The enemy she has to face is inside her own house.  As the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his spiritual father and divine teacher, the Hon....

Performers, producers, paternalism and Black-Jewish relations

There is a new Black-Jewish coalition in town and it’s composed of 170 entertainment leaders who purport to oppose racism and anti-Semitism in the industry. The goal of the Black Jewish Alliance would be a worthy one, if the purpose was to right wrongs done to Blacks and Jews in Hollywood, notwithstanding the self-admitted influence the Jewish community wields...

Where are Blacks on the path to American unity?

While coming out of the gate pushing executive orders and undoing some of what his predecessor did, President Biden has stressed his desire to work across the aisle in Congress and work together with Republicans for the good of the country. There isn’t much of a desire to cooperate on the other side, especially with the impeachment of Donald Trump,...