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By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to call “crucified” – by the Roman state. Most people, Christians included,...
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Trump officials have recently been on the receiving end of less than pleasant dining experiences. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and White House Advisor Stephen Miller were heckled at Washington Mexican restaurants and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week. After days...
By Margaret Hagerman, Mississippi State University (THE CONVERSATION) In America’s children, we often see hope for a better future, especially when it comes to reducing racism. Each new generation of white people, the thinking goes, will naturally and inevitably be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones. But do we have any...
By Angelo C. Louw (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) “I have observed this in my experience of slavery, — that whenever my condition was improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom.” —Frederick Douglass, “Narrative of the Life […]
Screenshot: Dear White People (Netflix) 1. Be black. 2. Be not white. 3. Be not white and not American. 4. Tell the truth. 5. Cite facts. 6. Talk about the past. 7. Talk about the present day. 8. Talk about the future. 9. Say things like “Hi” and “Excuse me” and “Perhaps, if I were so inclined, I’d...
Let’s dive right in: It’s time more African Americans join the Republican Party. No, seriously. And I’m not talking about being that lone speck of pepper in a sea of salt, either. We need to show up and we need to show up in numbers. We need to participate. We need...
By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus In 1986, on her award-winning “Control” album, singer-songwriter Janet Jackson asked: “What have you done for me lately?” This is a question the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is asked a lot. Well, here’s our latest answer to that...
By The Crusader Just about everyone in the United States, with the exception of the indigenous people, Native Americans, came here from somewhere else. They came here in the quest for a better life. The main exception to this are African Americans, who, for the most part, did not come...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher (Originally published on MLK50.com) Wow. CNN political commentator Angela Rye’s fiery pronouncement of the state of the affairs in Memphis since 1968 sent shockwaves throughout Shelby County and throughout social media. Rye mounted The Orpheum Theatre stage, played an excerpt from Dr. King’s “Mountaintop” speech and...
Thirty years ago this year, in 1989, my father, Eddie Lee Smith Jr., made history as the first African American elected mayor of my hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was a pretty big deal at the time, though when you think about it, it shouldn’t have been. I think...