by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media
The legion of web sites, bloggers, talk show jocks, and the occasional GOP official that has teed off on President Obama and at times Michelle Obama with assorted borderline racist digs, taunts, and depictions have been relentless. The offensive remarks quickly evoke a storm of outrage, and the offender gets rebuked. This happens because they are public figures, and their comments are publicly aired. They fly high on the public's radar scope.
by Raynard Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender
From July 20 to July 24, I refused to watch TV or listen to the radio. The 20th was the day the media frenzy began in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Though my heart goes out to any family that lost a loved one, it's very difficult to justify the around-the-clock media saturation that followed those horrendous shootings. We should value all life, not just when mass murder occurs in the suburbs or some white blond female turns up missing on a sunny island.
by Jeshua Schuster
Television on-air commentary pundits like sports commentators often simplify politics into two opposing teams, like the LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, or in the political sense Red states vs. Blue states. While few would argue that by most accounts Tennessee is a "Red state," others who want a different type of red state here in the Mid-South are making it known that the volunteer state and the south has a rich radical tradition of its own.
The National Organizing Conference of the Socialist Party U.S.A. will take place in Memphis on Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29)
A young man with tears in his eyes could not believe the words that came from his doctor's mouth: "You have cancer."
Those three words felt like a dagger driven deep into the young man's chest and twisted from side to side each time he thought about the doctor's diagnosis and the predicament he now found himself in. He'd lived a fruitful life; now death was inevitable – a fate he didn't expect.
The young man, who decided to remain anonymous, tried to remain strong for his family. They in turn tried to assure him that he was going to be all right. But they couldn't feel his pain.
There was a refrain that was heard in almost every speech this week at the International AIDS Conference in Washington: We are on the verge of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
That wasn't a statement that could be made 30 years ago when the pandemic was first identified. It wasn't a statement that would be uttered at the last International AIDS Conference I attended two years ago in Vienna.
by Stephanie Jones
Much was made of what Mitt Romney said and didn't say during his recent speech to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston. His boo-evoking swipe at "Obamacare" got most of the coverage, while his failure to address voter ID laws was also widely noted.
But another omission got little play, even though it is a topic of great importance to that audience in particular and the nation as a whole: Affirmative Action. Romney's avoidance of the topic in his NAACP speech is not surprising because he has rarely mentioned it during his public life.
by Dexter Wimbish
NNPA News Service
I was born a year after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assignation in Memphis but grew up in an era where as the walls of Jim Crow fell, the dreams of African-Americans soared. Americans both black and white were proud of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization he co-founded on Feb. 14, 1957 with Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Josephy Lowery, and other great religious leaders of our time.