Category Archives: Policy & Issues

Minority Communities Need Better Health Care, Not Counterfeit Drugs

As a nation, we must continue to prioritize high-quality health care for every American, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. This takes on an acute importance when we consider disease prevention and management in an era of high rates of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. From the checkups we get… Read More »

Attitudes, legal standards help make police convictions rare

In the three years since fatal police shootings of unarmed black people launched the Black Lives Matter movement, few officers have been charged and none has been convicted by juries in the highest-profile deaths that inspired protests across the country. Experts cite a confluence of factors, including racial bias, attitudes toward law enforcement and the… Read More »

Arabs and African Americans: A complicated relationship between solidarity and bigotry

Arabs and African Americans appear to have a common struggle against white supremacy. But when former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib participated in a protest demanding accountability for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dearborn police officer in December 2015, she received disparaging messages from prominent members in the Arab American community.… Read More »

Black Dem accuses Steve King of ‘white privilege’ in heated exchange

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus accused Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who’s faced criticism in the past for racially charged comments, of bias stemming from “white privilege.” King was offering an amendment to legislation considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that speeds up the return of unaccompanied immigrant children to their home… Read More »

Do African Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms?

Philando Castile’s shooting death, at the hands of a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, one year ago, was numbingly similar to a string of other killings of black men by police. But Castile’s shooting was notably different in one crucial respect: Castile was licensed to carry a gun. He carefully informed Officer Jeronimo Yanez—exceeding… Read More »

Congressional Black Caucus calls on Trump administration to invest in prosecuting hate crimes

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to direct more resources toward investigating hate crimes against minorities. In a letter to the heads of the Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) cited recent reports in Washington, D.C., of nooses hung at… Read More »

How Gentrification Is Undermining the Notion of Black Community and Destroying Black Businesses

Lori Shepherd is an African-American small-business owner in Oakland, Calif. Shepherd’s story is becoming an increasingly familiar one for urban Blacks. “Due to Uber’s decision to move within two blocks of my shared office space, and the construction and limited parking, I’ve had to change up significantly how I work,” Shepherd said. “Instead of always… Read More »