Opinion

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Financial dictator would rob Detroiters of their vote

The same financial power structure that ruined Detroit economically stands in the shadows as mouthpieces of money in the state government threaten the majority Black city.

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War is not the answer for Libya

President Obama needs to stand up against the warhawks, by moving toward a quick cease-fire in Libya.

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Public workers are US

Under the guise of "fiscal responsibility" the tea party GOP extreme right at both the federal and state level is wielding a two-edged sword aimed at the heart of the black and Latino community's economic life.

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Black unemployment, working class unity

The 1930s slogan, "Black and white, unite and fight." is relevant today. General appeals for jobs and relief, for public works jobs and  full employment measures have to be combined with targeted job creation in  communities where the hardship is the most severe.

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What Frederick Douglass tells us about today

Frederick Douglass was one of the great people’s leaders of the 19th century. And yet his towering intellect and multifaceted political experience have been insufficiently appreciated.

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Death penalty, shot through with racism, cannot be fixed

Justice John Paul Stevens say capital punishment is "shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria." It's  past time to end the practice.

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“Secession balls” in 2010?

There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.

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Nelson Mandela's conversations - a review

"Conversations with Myself" provides the clearest glimpse yet into the mind of a man who is by nature private and reserved.

Time to end stop-and-frisk policing

Crime rates have dropped, but the unconstitutional, and therefore criminal, harassment of black and brown youth is on the increase. This racial profiling is anti-worker. It must be stopped.

Ginning up racism: its winners and losers

Why do so many white people embrace this poison that is so harmful to their well being, why are so many so strident, why are so many so ready to accept the most far-fetched racist pronouncements?

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