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The 2020 elections taught us that our democracy is both strong and fragile. This is the time to shore it up with the For the People Act that is now waiting for action by Congress.

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Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have sought a set of social institutions which permit “neither dominion, nor discrimination,” to use Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan’s phrase. In this, economists are joined by allpeople of goodwill—including those in the Biden administra…

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As we approach the 55th NFL Super Bowl Sunday in Tampa, Florida amidst the continued national spread of COVID-19, I believe that the time has come for the close-knit group of team owners in the National Football League (NFL) to take the necessary steps to open the door to African American bu…

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Each February in schools across the nation, pictures of well-known Black historical figures are mounted on bulletin boards in commemoration of Black History Month.

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I have a t-shirt that has written on it “Black History Month Every Month.” I wear it because I believe it. Black History Month in February was once Black History Week.

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We are living in precarious times in our state and nation, yet I believe that the Black community understands we also live in a time of tremendous opportunity. It’s one reason in 2018, the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce was founded.

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As I write this on December 17, the US Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is meeting to review a COVID-19 vaccine developed by biotech company Moderna. Likely outcome: The panel will recommend approval of the vaccine to FDA Commissioner…

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On November 3rd , almost 159 million people voted. That is over 62.3 percent of all voting age Americans. The 2020 election had the highest voter participation since 1960 and was the first turnout over 60 percent since 1968 (encompassing the last 12 election cycles). The voters expressed the…

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In Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about Dr. Kirtley Mather’s 1944 book Enough and to Spare. Dr. King said Enough and to Spare “set forth the basic theme that famine is wholly unnecessary in the modern world. Today, therefore, the question on …

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2021 is here, and will it be just another year? If it's just another year then that won't be bad at all because too many will not have another year. The opportunity and privilege to have another year is the gift of life. Being alive and

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The year 2020 will live in the annals of American and World history. The year began with an anticipation of the Democratic Presidential Primary season but it soon evaporated into a year of unknown tragedies and uncertainty. With the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter along with several ot…

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It is not unfair to say that President-elect Joe Biden misappropriated the moral authority of the progressive movement in America to win the White House.

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We have been in various phases of lockdown and shutdown since March. Our movements have been inhibited and our lifestyles have been re-arranged.

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Many (though not nearly all) of my friends on the Republican side of the bipartisan aisle are utterly convinced that the 2020 presidential election was "rigged" to produce a fake victory for Joe Biden -- that Donald Trump actually won, and had his victory stolen via a vast conspiracy to manu…

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This year has been full of unforeseen challenges. The pandemic has forced us to adjust many aspects of our daily lives as we adapt to a new normal. While technology has played a vital role in our push towards safe and effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, we have also come face to …

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There is something magical about a fearless, intelligent, incorruptible black woman. A woman willing to sacrifice and face any obstacle she must for a greater cause than herself. Black women have been, and continue to be, the crucible of fortitude. Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod B…

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A November 23 headline at ABC News reads: "Joe Biden's presidential transition allowed to proceed after 16-day standoff." The 16 days in question, ABC tells us, are the 16 days since Biden "clinched the presidency."

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Since the results of the presidential election were announced (legal challenges by President Trump notwithstanding), Black folks are celebrating like we won the Powerball jackpot. Unfortunately, at best all we got is a $2 scratch off ticket. Replacing one septuagenarian with another is not c…

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The right to vote in America is a hard fought and sacred privilege. I respect the right of every individual to vote their conscience in every local, state and national election. Our vote is indeed our voice. It is our opportunity to express our views on issues that matter to us. As I reflect…

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On October 4, three scientists published "The Great Barrington Declaration," a statement named for the Massachusetts town in which they met.

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Today there is a roiling debate in the United States over whether police departments should be disbanded and replaced with civic structures that better serve their communities.

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"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election," President Donald Trump announced (via tweet) on October 6. "[I]mmediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill ..."

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Black folks’ struggle to exist in America is no game. It is deadly serious. The bloody opposition to our survival in this white dominated society is a daunting challenge for all people of color.

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The social ferment we’re seeing in Louisville, Kenosha and many other parts of America is fueled by more than a legitimate revulsion over systemic racism as manifested in discriminatory policing. It has broader underpinnings, led by widespread frustrations with economic inequality.

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Many of you have said that you haven't seen the Columbia Branch NAACP doing anything in the community. What you don't understand is that not everything that happens needs to be put out front, blatantly seen or even announced. I am the president of the Columbia SC Branch of the NAACP, and I c…

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In every locality and living room in America, parents are consumed by one of the most difficult questions of our time: should I send my child back to school? As we mire through a viral pandemic, Black parents are seriously concerned about the safety of our children—as we should be. Knowing t…

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We read in disbelief that a Black man who has already spent almost 23 years in a Louisiana prison for stealing a pair of garden clippers has now been denied any measure of mercy and must spend the rest of his life behind bars for his minor crime.

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Last week, a group called Higher Heights placed a full-page ad in the New York Times (NYT). The ad was designed to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act and to encourage Black women to vote.

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Dominion Energy is still a relatively new company here in South Carolina, though they now operate a long-standing corporate citizen, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. Shortly after Dominion merged with the then SCANA Corporation, they adopted the tag line “actions speak louder,” a w…

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Ecclesiastes 7:10: Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

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I get an ache in my heart every time someone who learns that I am a Vietnam veteran, says “Thank you for your service.”

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Years from now, histories will be published about the worldwide impact of COVID-19 in 2020. While we do not yet know what those pages will hold, I want to get on the record about how the leaders of South Carolina technical colleges are responding to the workforce challenges created by the pandemic.