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Blacks harnessing the power of capitalism

Among Donald Sterling’s rants he said something more blacks need to recognize as truth. Sterling’s comments that: “When Jews get successful they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans … they Reed 600don’t want to help anybody” were neither unfair nor racist.
Start with his point: the majority of blacks don’t help other blacks. It is a reality that most honest blacks will admit is true. And it’s something that our community has grappled with for years. If you just focus on the messenger instead of the message you will miss the truth that in our culture blacks have a history of not supporting one another.
Look at blacks’ economics versus those of Jews. Of all groups’ “collective capitalism” practices Jews are among the best, while blacks are the worst. Research data shows: a dollar circulates up to 12 times within Jewish circles, but is in and out of the black community within 12 hours.
  • Written by William Reed
  • Category: Commentaries

My house is not your home

jackson 600Since the economic crash of 2008, I think everyone has had to make adjustments – except the federal government – including cutting back on discretionary spending, fewer weekends at the beach, eating out less, etc.
What I like about Americans is that when times get hard, we have a tendency to reach out to help those around us who are less fortunate. We will share a loaf of bread with a neighbor.  We will give a bag of groceries to a needy member of our church.  We will pay the fees for our child’s friend to attend summer camp.
Those we have some connection to will always be on the receiving end of our largess when we have the wherewithal and after we have fulfilled the obligations we have to our families.  This is the America I love and cherish. But this love is becoming somewhat diminished in light of recent numbers on the level of homelessness among children in the U.S. 
  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: Commentaries

Iconversations on ‘A Little R&R on Sports’

130122 ken_griffey_lg_600Iconversation is the name of the interview segment on “A Little R&R on Sports,” our weekend nationally syndicated sports entertainment show. Of course, we thought it was a clever and unique word blend name that would get listeners’ attention and set us apart. We suppose it has done that, but the best thing it did was to inspire much more substance in the segment than we ever imagined. 
Initially and probably like most of you, within our own perceptions, we fell right into the Sports Center definition of icons, which essentially is exclusive to sports legends and tremendously high profile sports personalities. So, in our first few months we’ve had Iconversations with: NY Knicks great Alan Houston, Sports super agent David Falk, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Detroit Tigers Pres./GM Dave Dombrowski, NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond, former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins and perhaps you’ve heard of Julius “Dr. J.” Erving.
  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: Commentaries

Where’s the black political conversation on climate change?

environment 600President Barack Obama might be the only black person on the planet who cares about climate change.
Well, not really, but close – the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows. It’s that way for a number of reasons: from who funds either side of the heated climate conversation to allegations that environmentalists routinely dis black perspectives on the topic. Most egregious is a pervasive lack of urgent black political action on the subject.
On Monday the administration of the first black president, who is also the first president to seriously tackle climate change, announced ambitious Environmental Protection Agency rules that cut carbon emissions by 30 percent through 2030. That’s huge.
  • Written by Charles D. Ellison-New America Media
  • Category: Commentaries