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Republicans driving in the wrong direction

I am constantly amazed by the lack of any meaningful, insightful post-election analysis on the various media outlets (radio, TV, newspapers). You would think that everyone is hanging out at the same places because all the analysis seems to be the same: "Republicans have to find a way to garner more of the Hispanic vote."

So, if I am to believe these so-called analysts, the black vote is irrelevant and non-existent. The black vote is rarely mentioned as being important to either party. Democratic analysts treat the black vote as just a given – blacks will vote Democratic. Therefore, there is no need to discuss them. In other words, they are taken for granted. On the Republican side, the black vote is simply ignored and considered a waste of time as I was told in no uncertain terms by some in the Mitt Romney camp.

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  • Written by Raynard Jackson/NNPA News Service

Should this man be in the Senate?

Should this man be in the Senate?

by 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.

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  • Written by David A. Love\, The Grio

Preparing babies to become future leaders

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.

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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.

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Poll Watcher Brigade, Inc.

Poll Watcher Brigade, Inc.

The 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.

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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.

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It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

In 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.

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  • Written by Danielle McGuire

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