Sen. Rand Paul woos minorities in critique against voting, drug laws

In his latest appeal to voters who don’t traditionally fall into his party’s mold, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, on Thursday scorned Republican-led attempts to restrict voting rights for minorities. “So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat; we don’t want Hispanic people [...]

Army still looking to add minority officers to combat arms

Stories about race and opportunity and leadership touch a lot of buttons with readers and the Sept. 12 report in USA TODAY on the lack of African American commanders in Army combat battalions and brigades is a good example. Readers — civilians and uniformed — didn’t hold back. A number of blogs picked it up. [...]

Black activist fights for environmental justice

Standing up for what’s right is honorable and necessary, but can also be frightening and isolating. Just ask Black environmental activist Jerome Ringo. For more than 30 years, Ringo has led a national fight against environmental injustices plaguing minority communities. Although environmental advocacy is now mainstream, African-American activists are low in numbers. “We’re the most [...]

Hillary Clinton’s commitment to civil rights

On a subfreezing morning in January 2003, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) walked to the pulpit of Trinity Baptist Church’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Bronx to make a startlingly rousing speech to their predominantly African-American congregation. Typically, such speeches are principally aspirational — they acknowledge that society has largely rebuked racial discrimination’s ugly [...]

ACLU, NAACP ask appeals court to uphold expanded early voting

In a pointed 74-page brief, lawyers for the ACLU, NAACP and other groups urged the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday to reject Republican attempts to reduce the days Ohio voters can cast an early, in-person ballot. “It is one thing for democratically-elected officials to make legitimate decisions about public policy, but it is [...]

The Cosby Show at 30: Changing the face of black America

Thirty years ago, on September 20,”The Cosby Show” debuted on NBC and went on to dominate our screens for almost a decade. The award-winning sitcom introduced us to the Huxtables, an upper-middle class black family made up of Heathcliff, Clair and their five children. Plus a cast of ugly sweaters. “The Cosby Show” covered familiar [...]

Racial passing was a painful way to improve life

Allyson Hobbs has a gap in her history that will be familiar to many African-Americans. “My aunt told me a story of a relative who passed as white in the ’30s and ’40s,’’ Hobbs said. “Her mother believed it was the best thing to improve her life circumstances, but my relative did not want to [...]

Black lawmakers map out plans to boost Democrats this fall

With control of the Senate up for grabs this fall, the Congressional Black Caucus is hitting the road to bolster Democrats facing tough races in the Deep South. Several CBC members outlined their get-out-the-vote efforts at a press conference Friday at Democratic National Committee headquarters. The caucus, with backing and financial support from the party, [...]

Wisconsin voter ID law will disenfranchise minorities, young voters

Wisconsin’s reinstated voter ID law may be detrimental to democracy, forcing many backers of the Democratic Party, minorities and college-aged students, to go through further loopholes before receiving a ballot this November. A federal appeals court in Chicago recently reinstated the law, which requires voters to present valid government-issued form of photo ID in order [...]

Analysis: Black Graduates More Apt to Carry Student Loan Debt

One out of every 2 Black college graduates since the year 2000 has graduated from college with more than $25,000 in undergraduate student loan debt ? a significantly higher portion than the 1 out of every 3 White students who did so, according to an analysis released Thursday by Gallup. The unequal debt loads may [...]