Dozens of black politicians demand more investment in “endangered” neighborhoods

Dozens of African-American elected officials gathered Monday in Chicago to demand at least 10 percent of all city, county, state and federal funds be spent in about 10 “endangered” neighborhoods, including Austin. The united front comes just a few days after Austin Congressman Danny K. Davis’ 15-year-old grandson’s funeral. He was shot to death in… Read More »

The tragic, forgotten history of black military veterans

In the week after the election, the Equal Justice Initiative, of Montgomery, Alabama, released a new report—a fifty-three-page addendum to last year’s “Lynching in America,” an unprecedentedly thorough survey of American racial violence and terror between 1877 and 1950. Drawing on small-town newspaper and court archives, along with interviews of local historians and victims’ descendants… Read More »

Keith Scott killing: No charges against officer

Protesters took to the streets of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday night to show their disappointment with the decision to not charge an officer in the shooting death of a black man. A two-month investigation determined that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in shooting Keith Lamont Scott in an apartment complex parking… Read More »

Cedric Richmond elected chair of Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Cedric Richmond was elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Wednesday (Nov. 30), boosting the New Orleans Democrat’s influence to shape his party’s priorities during President Donald Trump’s first term and under a Republican-controlled Congress. Brandon Gassaway, Richmond’s spokesman, confirmed the election result. “As we face the challenges before us – from economic justice… Read More »

Black Senate Staffers Push for More Diversity

A group of African-American Senate staffers are pushing lawmakers to increase diversity in their offices as they prepare for the next Congress. The Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus sent a letter and a document of recommendations to Senate leaders and every Senate office Tuesday evening. According to the documents, the SBLSC conducted a “census” of… Read More »

Black Voters For Trump: Why Immigration, Economy Policies Won Over Conservative African Americans

Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Bob Johnson urged his fellow African Americans Monday to give President-elect Donald Trump “the benefit of the doubt” after having a “great chat” with him about “business solutions to social problems” the day before. During a Thursday night show in San Jose, California, Kanye West, whose rap lyrics often deal… Read More »

Black Americans get a raw deal from Trump’s ‘new deal’ platform

Did you know that Trump has a ten-point plan to help African-Americans? I’ll bet that’s a no. Trump’s “new deal” for black America includes promises of jobs associated with infrastructure investment, “protection” from illegal immigration, his usual rhetoric on law and order, tax holidays for business investment in inner cities, and changing the country’s approach… Read More »