By Marc H. Morial
“Raise your eyes now, and look from the place where you are … for all the land that you see I will give to you.” Genesis 13: 14-15
By Julianne Malveaux
When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings. At last we have an African American president? At last, the muscle of the Black vote has been flexed? At last, there is some hope for our country to come together with the mantra “Yes, We Can.”
By Peter Kirsanow
That is what likely awaits low-skilled American workers upon passage of the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill. The assurances of the bill’s proponents that the bill will somehow help the economy obscure copious evidence that the bill will wreak enormous damage to the employment prospects of American workers who have already seen their wages and employment rates plummet over the last several years.
By Demetria L. Lucas
From the Black Griot
By now, I don’t think I need to explain to you that Charles Ramsey is “famous.” Earlier this week, he gave a descriptive interview to an ABC affiliate in Cleveland after he assisted a woman who was screaming for help. That woman turned out to be a kidnapping victim Amanda Berry, who almost everyone believed to be dead.
By George E. Curry
When some of us saw the first video of Charles Ramsey, the colorful Black dishwasher in Cleveland who is being celebrated as a hero for rescuing three White women captives from horrid conditions in a Cleveland house, we had a flashback to Antoine Dodson, who became a flamboyant Internet sensation after saving his sister from a would-be rapist in their Huntsville, Ala. housing apartment, and Sweet Brown, who barely escaped a fire in her Oklahoma City complex.