Opinion

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The Oprah Winfrey Show: union made

One phrase most entertainment reporters fail to mention about Oprah Winfrey's 25 years as the "queen of talk" is "union employer and member."

The Freedom Rides turn 50

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Freedom Rides, which contributed mightily to breaking the back of legal segregation in the South.

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Biography of Hubert Harrison, one of America's greatest minds

Jeffrey Perry's biography tears away the curtain of obscurity that has kept several generations of Americans from learning about-and learning from Hubert Harrison.

Dr. Manning Marable: A personal remembrance

A great African American warrior for the people, Dr. Manning Marable, passed away on April 1st, 2011.

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Financial dictator would rob Detroiters of their vote

The same financial power structure that ruined Detroit economically stands in the shadows as mouthpieces of money in the state government threaten the majority Black city.

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Public workers are US

Under the guise of "fiscal responsibility" the tea party GOP extreme right at both the federal and state level is wielding a two-edged sword aimed at the heart of the black and Latino community's economic life.

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Black unemployment, working class unity

The 1930s slogan, "Black and white, unite and fight." is relevant today. General appeals for jobs and relief, for public works jobs and  full employment measures have to be combined with targeted job creation in  communities where the hardship is the most severe.

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What Frederick Douglass tells us about today

Frederick Douglass was one of the great people’s leaders of the 19th century. And yet his towering intellect and multifaceted political experience have been insufficiently appreciated.

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Death penalty, shot through with racism, cannot be fixed

Justice John Paul Stevens say capital punishment is "shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria." It's  past time to end the practice.

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“Secession balls” in 2010?

There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.

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