Sunday, June 20, 2021

Commentary

Once upon a time, there was a dominant institutional threesome consisting of white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism… On Sunday night, a combination of royal watchers and casually indifferent watchers sat down to watch the highly anticipated exclusive interview special, Oprah...
On Friday, Feb. 26, I went in for my latest visit for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial study. The next day, the FDA approved the one-shot vaccine for emergency use. The visit marked day 71 since I signed on...
Anne C. Bailey -- The Conversation --  Some 156 years after the end of the Civil War and the official abolition of slavery through the 13th Amendment, the idea of reparations is gaining currency in Washington. On March 1, Cedric Richmond,...
by Curtis Weathers --  School buildings are open, teachers are back in their classrooms and students are returning to some form of in-person learning with their teachers. Normalcy is just around the corner – or is it? The truth is, we...
by James F. Byrd Jr. and Darrell Byrd -- Black History Month reminds us that we all must do our best to address lingering racial inequities. One organization that has a lot of soul searching to do is the McDonald’s Corporation....
by Erika Kelley -- I am a pastor's wife, a mother, grandmother, an Everytown Survivor fellow, a national organization that seeks “evidence-based solutions in every town” to end gun violence, and a leader in Memphis Moms Demand Action. I am a survivor...
by Linda S. Wallace -- When singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen urged us to meet in “The Middle” during Jeep’s stunning Super Bowl LV commercial, for one fleeting moment I was hopeful the message would get through. This feel-good commercial, however, was much...
by Bill Gibbons -- A leading local health official said to me recently that we have a gun violence epidemic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent figures support his conclusion. Last year, of Memphis’ record 332 homicides, 262 (79...
by Julianne Malveaux -- I got my first COVID vaccination last week. No big deal, an achy arm, but otherwise, just like a flu shot. The young lady who administered the shot smiled and said, “after you get your second...
Greater Memphis Chamber President Beverly Robertson wrote this January 30, 2021 open letter to Shelby County Schools Supt. Joris Ray and the members of the Shelby County Schools Board of Education. Dear Dr. Ray and Shelby County School Board Members: I...