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COMMENTARY: Repeal instant runoff voting? No!

by Johnnie Turner and Steve Mulroy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In November 1974, the voters of Ann Arbor, Mich. approved the use of an innovative election method called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Five months later, IRV allowed the election of the first-ever African-American mayor, Albert...

Symbols Matter

By Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com "It won’t change anything.” Not immediately. “Don’t you have better things to worry about than statues?” Yes...and no. There are critics of removing the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues on both sides. Supporters of the Confederacy’s legacy say the...

A Tragically Whitewashed Outlook for Memphis

By Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com I spent a great deal of time in 2015 working to ensure that since Memphis is approximately 65 percent black, that the concerns and accomplishments of the black community were felt, seen, and heard. I entered into...