Friday, June 23, 2017

James Clingman

( The National Urban League’s (NUL) 2017 “State of Black America” (SOBA) report was released on May 2, 2017; it is titled, “Protect our Progress,” and again contains the “Inequality Index.  Since 1963 the NUL has used the mantra, “To be Equal,” as part of its overall goal.  I have questioned that goal for a […]

( “They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had ‘no rights which the white man was bound to respect’; and that the Negro might justly […]

By James Clingman ( “There are [Blacks] who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies the people to look at past glories but leave their children neglected…” […]

By James Clingman   ( “Negroes … sometimes choose their own leaders but unfortunately they are too often the wrong kind.  Negroes do not readily follow persons with constructive programs.  Almost any sort of exciting appeal or trivial matter presented to them may receive immediate attention … and liberal support.”  – Carter G. Woodson The […]

By James Clingman ( Having read some of the post-election statements by our top Black organizations, and after watching some of their leaders on TV news shows, commenting and lamenting the loss by the Dems, I thought about the effectiveness of our champions for civil rights, economic empowerment, and political empowerment.  How effective have they […]

By James Clingman ( This article is being written without the bias or prejudice of commentators and political pundits.  It is unfiltered and a result of my not having watched the final vote tallies and not even knowing who won the presidential election until 7:30 a.m., the morning after.   I have not yet watched or […]

By James Clingman NNPA Newswire Columnist Since our political discussions are now X-rated, so much so that we must ask children to leave the room before we watch the news, the speeches, and the debates, it’s time to add another unmentionable to the X-rated list: Social Security. Silly me, that pales in comparison to what’s […]

By James Clingman                                            ( Booker T. Washington spoke those words in his best effort to show us what is really happening in this country. He tried to convince us to stay focused on the […]

By James Clingman via George Curry Media For decades several conscious and committed Black men and women have spoken, written books, taught, advised and, more importantly, initiated economic empowering projects and movements to help propel us to a higher level of mutual support and, thus, creating a solid foundation upon which our children can stand […]

By James Clingman ( It’s interesting how the young folks have started using a term that describes what the older folks should be doing.  I hear young people saying, “I’m grinding,” and I hear older folks whining.  Young people know they have to “just do it,” as the saying goes, in order to achieve their […]