On a sunny, cloudless Manhattan afternoon this past Saturday, June 18, 2016, I sat down with six close friends—five African-Americans and one Caucasian—to moderate the inaugural Politics, Race & Pop Culture Roundtable. During this hour-long conversation and debate, this opinionated group discussed President Obama’s complex legacy, the nature and extent of America’s progress in race relations since the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, and whether … Continue reading The Inaugural Roundtable: Barack, Orenthal James, Steph & LeBron
When the “Founders” sat down in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787 to write our Constitution, they were driven by and concerned with a host of specific, critical logistical matters—for example, whether executive power should exist in one person or three, or whether slaves should be counted for purposes of determining proportional representation in the House of Representatives—but at the forefront of their minds, and … Continue reading Why Democrats Need a Stronger Republican Party
During a heavy hitting and candid discussion on February 17th about the race politics swirling around the 2016 contest for the U.S. presidency, I offered my thoughts on how African-American voters should approach the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Continue reading Should Black Voters Remain Loyal to the Clinton Brand?
In an article penned in The Nation last week on February 10th, some say Michelle Alexander compellingly argued that Hillary Clinton doesn’t deserve African-American votes in 2016 because both she and President Bill Clinton supported policies that “decimated black America.” I tackled this topic—and others—earlier today. Continue reading Were Black Folks Duped by the Clintons in the 1990s?