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This Race is Ours to Lose

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When Sputnik circled the earth in 1957, Americans were agog that the Russians had beaten us into space.  In Black barbershops, segregated classrooms of the South and other spaces where Black folk could speak openly, it was undisputed that America’s inability to focus on the “space race” was because of its obsession with the “race question.” Three years earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional and one year after that, the Court had ordered the desegregation of public school with “all deliberate speed.”  These directives for fairness and equality for African Americans set the South ablaze and racial bigots raised every imaginable barricade to prevent equal educational opportunities for Black children.  Some people will say that desegregation had nothing to do with the space race.  But the number of Black astronauts, physicists, engineers and mathematicians who have contributed to America’s space efforts since integration exposes that bit of white supremacy for what it is.  Prohibiting African Americans from attending many universities with advanced science programs, and participating fairly in the aerospace industry and the effort to conquer space, amputated a valuable portion of this nation’s brain power.  Today, we again find ourselves in competition with Russia on another geopolitical chessboard. Russia, Brazil, India and China have pushed forward on...

TGR: The Political Plantation

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     For years and years and years, people of color around the globe have been victimized by Political Plantations.     ...

The Gantt Report – Son of a Garth

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By Lucius Gantt      I am writing this week’s column with a heavy heart. My condolences go out to my great...

TGR: Buckwheat and Aunt Jemima

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     I’m a “Grady baby”. That is what Atlantans call themselves that were born in Grady Hospital.        Atlanta,...

On Labor Day, Commit to Raising Full-Time Workers Out of Poverty

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“The strongest middle class the world has ever known was not built overnight. It was achieved by men and women who believed...

Toni Morrison’s Passing is a Loss for the Racial Justice Community...

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Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League "Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is...

TGR: You Are The One

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    On any given day, someone is your community is waiting for something!      They wait on God to shower them with financial...

TGR: The Silence of the Wolves

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Don’t be so surprised if your political representatives, coworkers, classmates, neighbors and friends are reluctant to criticize President Donald Trump’s racist comments and Tweets...

The Cracker Jack

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   I believe so-called big issues the National Democratic Party will focus on to generate votes in upcoming elections are Obamacare, gun...

TGR: Political Perpetrators

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In 2020, someone you know, or know of, will be running for a political office.      Obviously, most candidates...