Should this man be in the Senate?

tim_scott.jpgby David A. Love
The Grio

With Sen. Jim DeMint announcing his retirement in order to head the conservative Heritage Foundation, Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) – the only black Republican in the new Congress in January – is the favorite to replace him.

If South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appoints him to the seat to serve the remainder of DeMint's term, the move would be good for diversity in the Senate, which currently has no African-Americans. Roland Burris, the last black senator, left office in 2010. Further, the decision to pick Scott would help to rehabilitate the image of the Republican Party, which receives little black support and whose policies have alienated black voters in recent years.


Preparing babies to become future leaders

Often when we're facing an enormous challenge or working to overcome an obstacle, the first words of advice offered are to take baby steps.

It's good advice: Breaking down a seemingly insurmountable task into smaller pieces makes it easier to complete and moves us closer to accomplishing our goal.


A doctor’s grim report is an avoidable bushwhack

This is a story that's all too common.

Before leaving her doctor's office, Jane was bushwhacked with news that was unbelievable and disturbing. A puzzled look on her face, she questioned how the doctor's diagnosis was possible and how it could to happen to her.

As Jane pondered the news, she reflected on how hard she had exercised and worked out every day. She assumed her diet was in tact because she ate the right types of food to the best of her knowledge. So to be informed that she was a diabetic was not something she wanted to hear, or believe – ever in her life.


Poll Watcher Brigade, Inc.

Kathryn-Bowers-200The Poll Watcher Brigade, Inc. on Monday (Dec. 3) held a reception at the Benjamin L. Hooks Main Library to honor the poll watchers that worked at the polling locations for the November 6 General Election.

As the founder of the group, I was very excited about the response and the effectiveness of each volunteer poll watcher. Each exemplified being a citizen of our volunteer state.


Whitehaven High’s multiple victories

While Whitehaven High Optional School's driving force is academics, its purpose-driven culture has resulted in numerous victories to celebrate.

Recently, the school's band, the "Sounds of Perfection," won its third national high stepping contest in North Carolina; both the cheerleader and pompon squads won berths into national competitions – and to top it off – the school's football team won its first Division 1 state championship by defeating Maryville High School in overtime by one point on December 1.


It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

rosa-parks-600In 2011, Rosa Parks was in the news, six years after her death. An excerpt from a breathtaking essay she wrote in the 1950s about a "near rape" by a white man in Alabama was released to the public. The handwritten narrative detailed Parks' steely resistance to a white man, "Mr. Charlie," who attempted to assault her in 1931 while she was working as a domestic for a white family.

It was late evening when "Mr. Charlie" pushed his way into the house and tried to have sex with her. Having grown up in the segregated South, she knew all too well the special vulnerabilities black women faced. She recalled, for example, how her great-grandmother, a slave, had been "mistreated and abused" by her white master.


Mighty Mississippi engulfed in another crisis

mississippi-river-600The area along the northern end of the Mississippi river is facing a drought that rivals the drought of 1989 and is threatening commerce along the river.

The reduced depth of the river is making shipping somewhat prohibitive. Companies in the navigation industry along these rivers are now shipping less material by "light loading" fleets, which make each load less profitable. In addition to the low levels of water, rocks known as pinnacles are emerging through the shallow levels and risking serious damage to the vessels.


‘Lincoln,’ the movie: ‘We’ are what’s missing

Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, "Lincoln."

While I, as a "weekend historian," was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, my knowledge of history begged questions:


Not all public policy is created equal

Discussions of the fiscal cliff also include discussions about ways to change Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to save money. One of the proposals is to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70. After all, some argue, there is nothing magic about 65 or 67, so why not push the rate up to 70?

The difference is the kind of work we do.


Don’t be afraid to be healthy

Now that Thanksgiving has ended, all the turkey has been eaten, and your guests have returned to their destinations, now is the time to decide on a new course of action that will be beneficial for your overall health.

While holidays bring a lot of joy with them, they may also bring a lot of pain linked to the way that we feel once they are gone. We must examine ourselves and determine if we've had enough of this emotional-roller-coaster feeling.


Civil rights hypocrites

I was once told, "Be what you are looking for. If you want friends, go be a friend; if you want love, go love someone and if you want happiness, go make someone happy."

As I have reflected on this simple, but yet profound statement, I have found most of the major black organizations are woefully hypocritical. They refuse to be what they are looking for.


Time to say ‘S.C.R.A.M.’ to child rape and molestation

H2D Entertainment, with founder, Sylvester McCracklin, and co-founder, Constance McCracklin, is using arts and entertainment to help power a campaign dubbed S.C.R.A.M. – Stop Child Rape And Molestation.

The objective is to build a bridge of awareness and empowerment of victims who have experienced rape and molestation. Victims are encouraged to understand that they can be healed and delivered.


Enjoy Thanksgiving and avoid the emotional unrest

Thanksgiving is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Nov. 22 in remembrance of the Pilgrims who left England to escape religious persecution and in order to give thanks for their bounty and good fortunes once they settled in America.